CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Ranchers in southern Oregon reported a number of cattle killings near the end of October and into November, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — many of them blamed on the wolves of the region's Rogue Pack.
The Rogue Pack is known to stalk the hinterlands of Jackson and Klamath counties, and has often topped yearly wolf depredation reports. However, at the time that the ODFW killed multiple wolves from the Lookout Mountain Pack in Baker County over the summer due to repeated depredations, the Rogue Pack had been unusually quiet for months.
The first reported depredation last month was of a 500-pound calf found dead on October 21 in the Wood River Valley area west of Chiloquin. According to the ODFW report, "the size, number, and location of bite scrapes" and severity of injuries indicated that the killing was done by wolves, likely from the Rogue Pack.
On October 29, a ranch hand in the Rancheria area east of Butte Falls found three dead 10-month-old steers in a 30-acre pasture. ODFW again found that the size and severity of the attacks were consistent with wolves, again attributed to the Rogue Pack.
Within the next two days, there were two more killings in the Bly area of Klamath County — two calves, discovered dead on separate pastures. Unlike the earlier depredations, these were not attributed to the Rogue Pack, which tends to remain on the west side of Klamath County. ODFW ruled the first death inconclusive, while the second was attributed to LAS13M AKWA, which is believed to be a single male wolf that dispersed from California's Lassen Pack in late 2020.
Finally, on November 1, there was another dead steer discovered in the Rancheria area of Jackson County. ODFW concluded that this killing, too, was caused by the Rogue Pack.
Wolves in western Oregon — such as the Rogue Pack — were shielded from lethal countermeasures up until the federal delisting earlier this year. None of the Rogue wolves have yet been killed in response to depredation. As recently as October 28, ODFW had approved lethal removal of wolves in northeastern Oregon.