Snake River Pack injures animal along the Imnaha River Corridor

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer November 29, 2013 11:26 am

ENTERPRISE — Another cow was found wounded in the Snake River wolf pack territory along the Upper Imnaha River.

Luke Morgan of the Grouse Creek Ranch found an adult cow Nov. 20 with injuries on both hind legs. 

The following day an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist examined the cow and estimated the injuries to be 10 to 14 days old.

Numerous bite wounds were found on both the right and left rear legs, below the vulva and above the hocks. Large tooth scrapes were also found on the upper hind portion of the udder and on the tail. 

In the investigation, many large tooth scrapes approximately half-inch to 3 inches long were found on the hind legs, one approximately 10 inches long on the right side of the tail below the vulva, and two on the upper medial portion of the udder. 

A Fish and Wildlife report said the size and location of the bite wounds are at similar locations where bites have been observed on previously confirmed wolf depredations. 

Collar data indicated the Snake River pack was in the general area where the cow was pastured during the estimated time period of the injury. 

Two calves were previously confirmed to have been attacked by Snake River wolves on Oct. 16 and Nov. 4, approximately 4 and 2-1/2 miles north of this same area. The first calf died of its injuries while the other survived.

According to a recent lawsuit settlement, the state can move to killing wolves when four incidences of injury or death of livestock has been committed by the same pack in six months. The Snake River Pack has been involved in three confirmed injuries in six weeks.