Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:29 PM
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife agents have confirmed that a wolf is responsible for the death of three more sheep in Umatilla County.
The depredation occurred on the morning of May 12 in a small pen near the house of a private landowner in the Weston Mountain area.
One adult ram sheep was found dead at the scene. Three other rams were severely injured, wildlife officials said. One was euthanized as a result of its injuries.
On May 16, a third sheep died as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.
Bite marks consistent with wolves, coupled with the discovery of a set of wolf tracks approximately 130 yards from the sheep pen, led to the confirmation. The attack occurred approximately six miles from the site of a May 2 wolf attack.
The May 12 incident brings to seven the total number of sheep killed by wolves in northern Umatilla County since May 1.