‘ROGUE PACK’ WOLVES KILL CALVES AT JACKSON COUNTY RANCH

RANCHERIA, Ore. — After a series of kills at a Klamath County ranch that had wildlife officials on guard, the wolves of the “Rogue Pack” appear to be on the move again. This time three calves were found dead in Jackson County in the Rancheria area, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). […]

Oregon to craft new proposal for managing wolves

A new framework for managing wolves that repeatedly prey on livestock may have the support of both Oregon ranchers and conservation groups, if the state can find enough money to pay for it. The idea came as groups sat down for the second time with a mediator on Tuesday as part of the Oregon Department […]

Wolves kill guard dog at SW Oregon ranch

Wildlife investigators shaved the dog, finding injuries consistent with wolf bites. Birdseye said the animal’s back end “was like grape jelly.” The investigation also turned up wolf tracks on the property, which together was enough for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to confirm the Rogue pack was responsible for the attack. “There’s no […]

When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?

Before its adoption in 2011, some believed Oregon’s compensation program might be more successful than others in this regard. Oregon’s liberal-leaning urban areas expanded support for wolves’ re-entry, and legislators had years of data and experience to draw on from other Western states where wolves had returned earlier. The program required ranchers to implement nonlethal […]

As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks

His is just one example of the conflict that’s arisen since Canis lupuswas reintroduced to the American west 20 years ago. As the animals have established territory in places they’ve been absent for a generation, the wolf has gained enemies as ranchers have lost cows and sheep. Industry groups have argued for killing wolves that target […]

Ranchers grow frustrated by wolf regulations

Tom Collom, with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, said federal delisting would not automatically mean ranchers could kill wolves. He said the state would still manage wolf populations and, in areas where wolf packs are numerous, Oregon is currently allowing kills only in instances of chronic livestock killings. Collom said future wolf management policy could allowed […]

Wolves attack calf on different pasture

A third Baker County rancher has had cattle attacked by wolves from the Pine Creek pack near Halfway. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirmed that wolves attacked a calf belonging to Barry and Shella DelCurto of Halfway early Wednesday. Barry DelCurto said he found the six-week-old, 150-pound calf Wednesday morning […]

Oregon wildlife officials kill wolves in effort to save cattle

SALEM — Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators. The killings have reignited a debate between the state, ranchers and environmentalists about how to manage wolves, which were hunted down for 100 years until they disappeared in 1947. Another […]

Oregon is home to 124 wolves, up 11 percent in annual report

Biologists in Oregon have counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, marking an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers. The much-anticipated report also found a 38 percent increase in the number of breeding pairs in the state, where the species was once wiped out due to a bounty. The count also tallied 13 wolf […]

Oregon rancher approved to kill 2 wolves from pack that’s been attacking calves

*Staff Note* – Historically, taking out only a selected number of wolves from a pack that has insisted on livestock depredations, does little to stop continued attacks. Unfortunately, the entire packs need to be taken out. BAKER CITY — Oregon wildlife officials will allow a cattle rancher in remote northeastern Oregon to kill any two […]