State wildlife officials have determined that wolves killed a calf on the Pine Valley Ranch near Halfway this weekend.
It’s the fourth calf killed by wolves from the Pine Creek pack this month in Baker County.
The Pine Valley Ranch and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association have asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to kill all seven remaining wolves in the pack, said Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at ODFW’s Baker City office.
An ODFW employee shot and killed a yearling female wolf from the Pine Creek pack on April 10.
That followed ODFW confirming that the Pine Creek pack had killed three calves and injured four others belonging to Chad DelCurto.
Those attacks happened in early April near Fourmile Gulch, about eight miles southeast of Halfway.
DelCurto also asked ODFW to kill the entire pack. The agency issued a permit allowing either DelCurto, his employees or an ODFW worker to kill up to two wolves from the pack if they were on the 3,000-acre private parcel where DelCurto moved about 130 cow-calf pairs the first week of April. That permit expires May 4.
See more in the April 16, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.