UNION COUNTY:  Confirmed wolf depredation

UNION COUNTY: Confirmed wolf depredation

August 9, 2019 – Union County (Five Points Creek area)
Date Investigated: 8/9/19
Cause of death/injury: Confirmed
General situation and animal information: Midday on 8/9/19, an injured, approximately 400 lb. the calf was found in a large forested pasture on private property while gathering cattle. The hindquarters had noticeable open wounds. The condition of the flesh around the wounds suggested the injuries were sustained at least one week earlier.
Physical evidence and summary of findings: The hindquarters of the calf were partially shaved and examined. There were more than 50 canine tooth scrapes (1/8 – 1/4 inch width) in the hide on the upper portions of the hind legs. An open wound approximately 12 inches by 6 inches of torn hide and damaged muscle tissue was found on the groin and inside of both hind legs. The damage extended more than 2 inches into the muscle tissue. The location of the bites, their length, width and direction, and the size and depth of the injuries are similar to other confirmed wolf attack injuries on calves. This depredation is attributed to wolves of the Five Points Pack.

August 2, 2019 – Wallowa County (Grouse Creek area)
Date Investigated: 8/2/19
Cause of death/injury: Other
General situation and animal information: On the morning of 8/2/19, a live calf, believed to be injured, was found unable to stand. The 4-month-old, 300 lb. calf was in a forested public-land allotment pasture. The calf was euthanized by the owner prior to ODFW’s arrival.
Physical evidence and summary of findings: The area where the calf was found was searched for signs of a predator attack, none were found. Both hind legs and left side of the calf carcass were skinned and examined. There were no bite wounds or other pre-mortem injuries found on the carcass. With no evidence of predator attack, the investigation determination is other.