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Rogue Pack suspected in calf killing

oct. 8, 2021, new rogue pack

The death of an injured calf that was found Friday, Jan. 7, and later died is being attributed to the Rogue wolf pack, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Game. A second death, however, is not believed to have been caused by wolves.

ODFW said a local resident found a mortally wounded 225-pound calf last Friday morning in an open area on a privately owned industrial timber land allotment. The calf died shortly after being found.

State biologists said the carcass was largely intact with one open wound in the left flank and one where the tail had been removed. Fresh wolf tracks were found in snow at the carcass.

In an investigation into the death of a calf Jan. 5, in the Fredenburg Butte area of Jackson County, it was determined the animal had not been killed by a wolf. According to the ODFW report, a Fredenburg Butte resident found the carcass of a newborn calf the early evening of Jan. 4, in a large industrial timberland pasture.

According to the report, “The carcass was largely intact with the exception of scavenging on the front left shoulder, several ribs and thoracic organs. It is estimated the animal died within 12 hours of being located. … The majority of the carcass from the ears back was shaved and skinned. No bite marks or scrapes on the hide were found. There was air in the lungs and capsules on the hooves of the calf indicating it was alive for a very short time after birth but had never stood. There was no sign of a chase or struggle at the scene. Based on the evidence, the calf was not killed by a wolf.”

The known activity area for the Rogue Pack includes private lands portions of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in eastern Jackson County near Prospect, and extends east into private lands and portions of the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Klamath County, including the Wood River Valley near Fort Klamath.