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Attack of Ranch Dog attributed to the Cornucopia Wolf Pack.

Department of Fish and Wildlife

March 16, 2022 – Baker County (Halfway Valley)

Date Investigated: 3/16/22 Cause of death/injury: Confirmed

General situation and animal information: On the morning of 3/15/22 a producer found his 40-pound heeler wounded and bloody on his property. The dog was seen by a veterinarian but had to be euthanized.

ODFW inspected the carcass on 3/16/22; the injuries were estimated to be from early morning on 3/15/22.

Physical evidence and summary of findings: The remains were skinned, examined, and the hair was shaved around the injuries. There were premortem bite punctures to the head and throat with associated muscle tissue trauma. Bruising of the hide and muscle trauma were found on the back, hips, and groin. The location and size of the tooth marks are consistent with wolf attack injuries on dogs.

One collared male yearling from the Cornucopia Pack had radio-collar locations ½ mile north of the ranch yard at 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., and south at 8 a.m. The depredation is attributed to the Cornucopia Pack.

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