Confirmed Wolf Depredation in Wallowa County

By on Friday, July 1st, 2022 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

WALLOWA, OR –(Release from ODFW) Investigators for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife report that wolves caused the death of a calf in the Minam area of Wallowa County. The carcass of a 350 pound, 4-month-old calf was found in a partially timbered pasture on private land.

A livestock producer discovered the calf Monday, and ODFW biologists estimate it had been killed within the previous 24 hours. While the carcass was largely intact, portions of the left and right hindquarters were missing.

Numerous bite scrapes measuring up to three inches long and 3/8 of an inch wide with tissue trauma up to 1.5 inches deep were observed on the left front shoulder, right hindquarters, neck, and tail of the calf. The size, severity, and locations of the injuries have been observed in other wolf attacks on calves.

The area where this attack occurred could be in use by the Clark Creek Pack, the Bear Creek Pack, or the Minam Pack. ODFW states it will monitor for continued wolf activity in the area.