JOSEPH -- A calf is missing and a cow was euthanized after a wolf attack in eastern Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today.
Two other cows also were injured in the attack.
The adult cow that was euthanized by a veterinarian was found March 8 in the Threebuck Canyon area east of Joseph with "hundreds of bite wounds ... consistent with wolf bites" on its left flank and elsewhere, said ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy. The other cows had multiple bite wounds.
"One of the live cows had recently calved and the calf is missing," Dennehy said in a statement.
The attacks appear to have happened two to five days before the cattle were found by a rancher, Dennehy said.
Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator, said the number of wolves involved in the attack isn't known. The injured cattle were brought to a holding pen and treated and released, he said.
Threebuck Creek is a tributary of Little Sheep Creek, and is regularly used by the Imnaha pack of wolves, Dennehy said. Source