Livestock lost after wolf pack’s fifth attack

The Mount Emily Pack could be euthanized after killing sheep.

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The Mount Emily Pack could be euthanized after being blamed for a fifth attack this year.

The pack has been allegedly responsible for the deaths of 15 sheep and a dog in northeast Oregon over the past two years.

“The location and appearance of the bite wounds are consistent with those observed in other confirmed sheep depredations by wolves from this pack,” the ODFW report said. “GPS location data shows that two Mt. Emily Pack wolves were in close proximity to the sheep at approximately the same time the sheep was killed.”

The number of attacks could qualify the pack for lethal action, according to the rules set down by ODFW, which can take action to eliminate problem wolves after two attacks in a season. However, ODFW must first get a request for lethal control from a property owner or livestock producer. Up to this point, ODFW has received no formal request for lethal control, agency spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said.

(SOURCE: Statesman Journal)

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