Patton calf injured by pack

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer June 19, 2013 02:34 pm

Inquries conclude injury caused by Imnaha Pack within last month

A calf’s injury found last week on a Wallowa Valley ranch was confirmed caused by wolves after investigations conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Karl Patton, who has suffered several cattle losses to wolves over the past three years, said he was sorting cattle last week when a hired hand discovered the injury between the calf’s back legs. 

Two investigations were held by state biologists to determine if the wound, which may be as much as a month old, was caused by members of the Imnaha pack, whose range is within Patton’s 

cattle.

The calf’s injury is mending, and Patton took extra precautions to ensure that the wounds healed properly.

Patton said the injury may have occurred close to the same time he discovered a dead calf in the same region May 17. Another calf on a neighboring ranch was found injured by wolves on May 13.

Recent GPS collar information from the pack indicate that the wolves have been in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest east of the valley.