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Wolves attack another calf

OR-3, a three-year-old male wolf from the Imnaha pack. Image captured from video taken by an ODFW employee on May 10, 2011 in Wallowa County.

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined injuries suffered by a calf on public land in the Divide area was attacked by wolves. The attack occurred last Tuesday and was investigated on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Investigators report that the calf was found with injuries to its hindquarters in a forested allotment. Numerous bite marks were found on the skin of both hindquarters which were consistent with wolf bites in length and number. The bites were to the hind legs above the hock, which ODFW says is a commonly observed attack point or wolves.

Numerous wolf tracks were found with the calf tracks over a half mile area from the apparent attack site to where the calf was found later. In addition, biologists report collared Imnaha wolves were only about 1.5 miles south of the area the day before the attack.

“The location as well as the number, size and spacing of the bite wounds are similar to those observed on other confirmed calf depredations by wolves,” the official report reads. “This combined with the presence of wolf tracks and blood in the snow and collared wolf locations near the area proximal to the time of injury were adequate to confirm this incident as a wolf depredation by wolves of the Imnaha pack.”

The pack also has a confirmed kill of a calf on Oct. 27, about 10 miles from the latest act of depredation.

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