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3 more wolf kills blamed on Rogue pack

10 livestock kills attributed to the pack in July
A remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014, shows the wolf OR-7 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon. [Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP]

Three more cattle deaths in the Fort Klamath area have been attributed to members of the Rogue wolf pack.

The deaths upped the number of cattle killed by the Rogue pack to 10 during the month of July.

In a news advisory issued late Monday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported one kill that occurred July 29 and two others July 30.

The July 29 incident was reported by a livestock producer who found an injured, 600-pound yearling heifer in a 200-acre private pasture. The animal was euthanized July 30 because of the severity of its injuries, which investigators estimate happened 48 to 72 hours earlier.

The investigation found large areas of trauma up to 4 inches deep on the inside of both hind legs and in the groin area and more than 20 bite scrapes.

The first July 30 incident was reported by a livestock producer who found a dead, 650-pound yearling steer in a 240-acre private pasture. The carcass was mostly intact with some muscle tissue missing from the upper hindquarters. Investigators estimate the steer died about eight hours earlier.

The most recent death was investigated July 31. A night earlier a livestock producer found an injured, 650-pound yearling steer in a 240-acre private pasture. The steer was euthanized by the owner because of the severity of its injuries. Investigators estimate the injuries were inflicted about 12 hours before the investigation.

ODFW reports did not name the ranches where the deaths occurred. The Rogue pack is known to seasonally move between the Fort Klamath area in Klamath County and the Prospect region in Jackson County.