UNION — Wolves from the Catherine pack in Union County are responsible for killing a 600-pound steer calf on private land near Little Catherine Creek, according to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The calf was discovered Monday by a rancher while flying to locate cattle for roundup from a large forested pasture. ODFW investigated the same day, finding numerous wolf tracks, scat and bite marks consistent with a wolf attack. GPS collar data also placed OR-24, of the Catherine pack, at the location of the calf near the time of death.
The latest predation comes just days after ODFW authorized the killing of four more wolves from the Harl Butte pack in Wallowa County following repeated attacks on cattle. ODFW confirmed the latest attack by Harl Butte wolves on a calf on Wednesday, making it the tenth depredation by the pack since July 15, 2016.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also seeking information on the poaching of OR-33 on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, northwest of Klamath Falls. OR-33 had been blamed for killing two goats, one sheep and injuring a third sheep over the course of three days in June 2016, east of Ashland.
Wolves are federally protected in Oregon west of highways 395, 78 and 95. The predators are managed by ODFW in Eastern Oregon, and have since been removed from the state’s endangered species list.
Anyone with information about who shot OR-33 should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 503-682-6131, or the Oregon State Police Tip Line at 800-452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.