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Wolves killing lambs in Baker

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Bend, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    By Mark Furman KVAL.com Staff BAKER CITY, Ore. — Wolf experts confirmed wolves killed 19 lambs on an Eastern Oregon ranch in the Keating Valley.

    Michelle Dennehy with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said experts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed the lambs were killed by wolfs. A remote camera captured this scene of the wolves.

    It's the first documented case of a rancher losing livestock to wolves in Oregon since the animals returned to the state.

    Curt Jacobs (above) said the lambs on his ranch were killed, not eaten. (Photo courtesy S. John Collins/Baker City Herald)
    Russ Morgan, the department's wolf coordinator, says paw tracks shaped like those of a canine were found on the ranch, too big to belong to a coyote but not quite so large as some wolf tracks found in a nearby forest.

    Rancher Curt Jacobs told the Baker City Herald newspaper most of the lambs were killed but not eaten.

    The last reported bounty on a wolf in Oregon was paid in 1946 for a wolf killed on the Umpqua National Forest, Dennehy said.

    Last July, wildlife officials confirmed the existence of a wolf pack with pups in a forested area of northern Union County, north of where the lamb were killed place. This was the first evidence of a wolf pack and wolf reproduction in Oregon, Dennehy said. A collared wolf was detected in the state in January 2008.

    Wolves started returning to Oregon from packs in Idaho in 1999, when a wolf dubbed B-45 crossed the Snake River into Baker County.

    In May 2000, a wolf was found dead on Interstate 84 east of Baker City. The wolf had been hit by traffic. Later that year, an uncollared wolf was found shot to death near Ukiah, east of Baker City.

    Wolves remain on the federal endangered species list but are scheduled to be de-listed in the eastern third of Oregon on May 4.
  2. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I heard this was a government experiment made to look like wolves
  3. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    I saw this article in the Capital Press. Saw the pictures that the ODFW guys took when they set up trail cams near the lamb pens.

    All these predators in the woods means less critters for me to shoot! I want to have sage rats, rabbits, deer, elk to hunt. Time to have Wolf hunts reinstated!

    I hope the ranchers get reimbursed for the dumb idea of introducing wolves. The only up side is that the tree huggers have more to fear in the woods now.