New wolf blamed for killing cows near Bly
A calf killed in the Bly area of Klamath County in late October has been confirmed as a wolf attack, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the culprit is new to the area. The cause of death had previously been listed as unknown.
According to the report, on the morning of Oct. 29 a ranch manager found a dead 7- month-old, 400-pound calf in a small private pasture. The calf was estimated to have died approximately five days before it was found.
Since the investigation was completed, two more wolf kills on calves in the Bly area have been confirmed.
“This new evidence, in addition to GPS location data that places a radio-collared wolf within 100 yards of the carcass around the estimated time of death, warrants a change from possible/unknown to a probable depredation by the LAS13 AKWA wolf or wolves.”
In February, ODFW designated a new “area of known wolf activity” in portions of Lake, Klamath and Deschutes counties. The wolf known as LAS13M is believed to be the killer in the deaths. The name, LAS13 AKWA, refers to a male wolf that left the Lassen Pack in California in late 2020 and is believed to be traveling alone.
ODFW investigators previously confirmed the deaths of two other calves in the Bly area earlier this month were caused by LAS13 AKWA.
In one of the deaths, GPS location data placed a radio-collared wolf within 60 yards of the carcass around the estimated time of death.
Another kill reported earlier this month was attributed to the Rogue Pack, which has been involved in the killings of numerous cattle in Jackson and Klamath counties in recent years. The livestock kill was the first attributed to the Rogue Pack this year.
The ODFW report said that a ranch hand on Nov. 1 found a dead 10-month-old, 650-pound steer in a 30-acre fenced pasture in the Rancheria area of Jackson County. Extensive feeding was observed on the right hind quarter and internal organs.
Investigators estimate the steer died less than 12 hours before it was found. The report said the size, location and severity of the wounds were consistent with wolf attacks on cattle, and the attack was attributed to the Rogue Pack.
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