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Snake River Pack Avoids Lethal Control

posted Mar 27, 2014, 12:53 PM by chloe owens

3/12/14, by Rocky Wilson, Wallowa

Snake River pack avoids lethal control

Although evidence pointed to wolves of the Snake River pack being responsible for the death of a cow belonging to young rancher Tyler Smith in late February, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ruled the cause of death as “probable wolf” and not “confirmed wolf.” In this instance, the disntiction keeps the pack below the threshold for wildlife managers’ lethal control measures to kick in.  By statute, four confirmed wolf depredation reports from one pack within a six-month period gives ODFW leeway to remove a wolf or wolves from a pack at the agency’s discretion.