Crime is the fear in a small Oregon town where eight wolves have been poisoned over the past month, four of which have been poisoned in the past few days.
This morning, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts announced that three carcasses in southwest Oregon were found to have been poisoned in the past week. Roberts said the cattle were euthanized.
The incidents come after a series of meetings, letters and advertisements urging residents to avoid bringing livestock into areas with wolves. A spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the agency would take action after the “most recent incident.”
“We will follow all leads to learn exactly how the wolf affected the livestock,” Erik de Haan, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s wolf communications coordinator, said to the Oregonian.
Oregon has a wolf population of about 50, according to the agency. The most recent wolf struck was in Toutle Pass in February, according to Oregon Live. Two more were found dead in the same area this week.
The six previously poisoned livestock were found in Jones Pass, Gervais, Turkey Creek, Cascade Meadows, Lower Tumalo Valley and Tyrone in southwestern Oregon.
— John Hennelly