The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that it is likely — but not certain — that wolves were responsible for the death of a llama killed in the Five Points Creek area about 10 miles northwest of La Grande.

"There is enough evidence to suggest that wolves were probably responsible for the animal's death,” said ODFW biologist Leonard Erickson, who investigated the late-November incident.

The llama's death is listed as a "probable” wolf kill in an ODFW report Erickson prepared, which was released late Friday afternoon. "Probable” is one of four categories on the ODFW's depredation investigation reports for suspected wolf kills. The others are confirmed, possible/unknown and other.

The llama is believed to have been killed either Nov. 22 or Nov. 23.

For the complete story, see the Dec. 4 edition of The Observer.