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Second Wolf Depredation in Wallowa County in a week

Department of Fish and Wildlife

On the evening of 4/26/22, a livestock owner saw eight wolves around the remains of a six-week-old, 180 lb. calf in a partially timbered 850-acre pasture on public land located in the Cow Creek area of Wallowa County. This is the second active depredation in the Cow Creek area this week.

The calf was estimated to have died within 24 hours of the investigation. An examination of the calf determined that there were at least 20 pre-mortem bite scrapes on the hindquarters up to one quarter inch wide and two inches long. There were pre-mortem tooth scrapes and punctures on the hide near both elbows, including premortem hemorrhage and torn muscle one and three quarters inches deep in the corresponding tissue. The size and location of bite wounds and severity of trauma are similar to those observed in other calves attacked by wolves.

This depredation is attributed to the Chesnimnus Pack.

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