Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wolf pack kills 2 more sheep

Image of a gray wolf taken by remote camera on July 20, 2012, on private timberland in the Washboard Ridge area north of Enterprise, Ore. Photo: ODFW.
Image of a gray wolf taken by remote camera on July 20, 2012, on private timberland in the Washboard Ridge area north of Enterprise, Ore. Photo: ODFW.
SALEM, Ore. – The Mt. Emily wolf pack has been confirmed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to have killed two more sheep in two separate acts of depredation. Both kills took place on public land in the Ninemile Ridge area. The carcasses were discovered on Aug. 24 and Aug. 27.
These constitute the fourth and fifth livestock kills that the pack is confirmed to have committed since June 22. The Mt. Emily pack roams Union and Umatilla counties. Biologists for ODFW indicate that radio-collared wolves in that pack were about a half mile of the kill sites on both occasions. The injuries suffered by the partially eaten sheep were consistent with wolves.
Michelle Dennehy of the ODFW tells KUMA News that the agency cannot take lethal action against a pack that is habitually preying on livestock unless a livestock producer files a formal request. As of yesterday afternoon, no such request had been filed.

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