Oregon state wildlife officials confirm that one or more wolves has killed a domestic calf on private property.
That's the second report this month of a wolf killing a calf in the area. 22 miles from the first report dated May 5.
ODFW spokeswoman says the Imnaha Wolf Pack is known to be in the area and 4 are radio-collared BUT THERE IS NO INDICATION THEY WERE INVOLVED.
Ranchers said they are fed up with ODFW after state officials refused to attribute two calf deaths to wolf depredation despite the kills being confirmed by an USDA expert.
The disagreement led the USDA to seek a vet's opinion who tended to agree with the cattlemen's assessment but wanted more specialized examination. The carcass was sent to Washington State U Veterinary Diagnostic Lab for further evaluation at the Sheriff's Office expense.
article on that here (wolf track photo featured but you can hardly tell and meeting attendees)
Wolves had been seen in the area for 3 days by eyewitness and telemetry signals. Seen and heard so often in fact that one ranch is know considered "the wolf freeway." If you run the wolf off but he just comes back, what do you think will happen if you stop doing that and don't do anything else? That is no longer the wolf's fault but the manager's. Passive and reactive instead of proactive.
So here's the decision over two calves: Oregon gives 5 ranchers in northeast OR permits to shoot wolves.
The first incident: OF&W officials say one of their employees spotted the dead calf...
The permits will be issued to landowners rather than ranchers and landowners can name "agents" to carry out the defensive action.
"Several of the ranchers have named each other as agents so that they can keep an eye on each other's cattle. Scott Shear has named himself, his two employees, Lathrop and Schaafsma as agents free to act on his land. His neighbors have named him in return."
sounds like they will be ready to watch and shoot but I wonder why no one spotted anything before but the OF&W official. No proactive measures were described.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife argue with Wildlife Services. Was it 6 calves or 9.
What is being done for proactive livestock management?
I want to make a point here. Recently while reading a different article about livestock depredation by wolves, I came across an article in the same source about anthrax in ND and a reminder to vaccinate your livestock. The article was not alarming, contrary as a matter of fact, at all even though I nearly popped my eyes out reading the word anthrax. They stated that ND has a few anthrax cases every year. In 2005, the disease resulted in an estimated 1,000 dead cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk. 1,000 dead livestock from one disease of many. THAT IS MORE THAN ALL THE DEPREDATIONS SAID TO BE BY WOLVES IN 2009 IN ALL THE STATES THAT COMPRISE THE ENTIRE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION. Here is the annual report and the stats on pg 6