Rogue Pack kills two steers near Fort Klamath
The Rogue Pack of gray wolves added to its dubious reputation Monday as Oregon’s most prolific killer of livestock when it attacked two more steer last weekend in the Fort Klamath area, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
ODFW attributed the severe injuries suffered by a 725-pound steer Monday and the killing of a 675-pound steer Saturday to the pack, the agency reported.
The wounded steer was euthanized, according to ODFW. Both attacks were on 160 acres of private grassland, but ODFW did not immediately confirm Tuesday that the attacks were on the same private ranch.
Both attacks were attributed to the Rogue Pack, whose patriarch was wandering wolf OR-7, which has not been with the Rogue Pack since last year and is believed to be dead. OR-7’s former mate has taken up with another male wolf.
The Fort Klamath area is on the eastern edge of the Rogue Pack’s known territory.
The Rogue Pack is now responsible for 36 confirmed livestock or dog kills since 2016, and these are the first confirmed kills since August.
The pack has killed five more livestock animals than the Imnaha Pack, which was blamed for 31 attacks between 2011 and 2016 in northeast Oregon, ODFW data show.
The livestock kills come less than two weeks after the Trump Administration moved to strip gray wolves of federal Endangered Species Act protections in the lower 48 states, but the decision has yet to take effect.
Gray wolves in Western Oregon are listed as endangered under the act. Conservation groups have pledged a court fight over the delisting.
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