An adult cow in eastern Baker County was euthanized on Tuesday due to injuries inflicted by wolves from the Pine Creek pack, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The cow’s owner, Barry DelCurto, found the animal Tuesday morning on a 300-acre private land grazing pasture in the North Pine Creek area east of Halfway. DelCurto, who lost one calf to wolves last April, declined to talk about Tuesday’s attack.
He saw two wolves, one of which had a tracking collar, while checking on cattle at about 7:30 a.m., according to ODFW.
ODFW biologists inspected the cow and noted a piece of flesh, 8 inches long and 4 inches across, was missing. There were multiple tooth scrapes near the edge of the wound “showing clear evidence of attack from a predator,” according to the report.
Biologists found cow tracks and wolf tracks less than half a mile from where the rancher found the injured cow. The report describes this as a “chase scene” with blood on the ground and on vegetation.
“The number and canine spacing of the bite marks, the location of the injury, and the wolf tracks present in the attack scene are clear evidence of a confirmed depredation by wolves of the Pine Creek Pack,” the report concludes.
The Pine Creek pack consists of eight wolves, based on the most recent estimate from ODFW.
The pack killed four calves and injured seven others in April 2018. ODFW officials killed three wolves from the pack during that month.
See more in the April 19, 2019, issue of the Baker City Herald.