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Rogue Pack blamed for cattle kill

Rogue Pack wolves are believed to have killed a steer in the Rancheria area of Jackson County.

A report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said an investigation conducted Monday and reported Wednesday confirmed an 11-month-old, 700-pound steer found dead Saturday morning by a rancher had been killed by a wolf or wolves.

According to the report, the dead steer was found in a ditch in a 4-acre pasture on private land. Investigators estimate the calf died between three and five days earlier. Physical evidence showed most tissue was gone although most of the hide was intact, including the elbows and hindquarters where wolves are most likely to attack.

ODFW staff shaved the hide along all four quarters, examined remaining muscle tissue, and skinned the head. They said there were “a large number of bite scrapes on the hide up to quarter-inch wide by five inches long in locations consistent with wolf attack.”

The incident is the second livestock kill attributed to Rogue Pack wolves this month. The first was reported Nov. 3.