Oregon wolf managers lethally removed two more members of a pack that’s now killed four calves and injured six others in five incidents in the state’s northeastern corner.
The news comes as local producers continue calling for all members of the new Pine Creek Pack to be taken out. The depredations have impacted two different ranchers.
ODFW had previously authorized killing two wolves for early-April depredations, and one was killed almost immediately by agency personnel.
But following subsequent depredations that occurred around 5 miles away and were confirmed on Sunday and Monday, last night ODFW authorized killing two more.
Those two animals are described as an uncollared yearling female and an adult male that is also uncollared. They were shot on private land from a helicopter.
One more wolf can be killed at the site of the April 6-7 depredations, either by the state agency or a rancher who was issued a permit that’s good till early May.
“Producers in the new area have been implementing non-lethal activities including burying bone piles and removing carcasses,” ODFW reported. “Ranch staff have hazed the wolves away multiple times. Ranch staff have also been patrolling cattle from before daylight until darkness daily and keeping track of the wolves’ location with ODFW assistance. Finally, ranch staff have delayed turning out cattle on large open range pastures and have moved cattle from pastures where the most recent depredations occurred.”
The Pine Creek wolves currently number five, the breeding pair and three yearlings.