Wolves killed working dog after rancher failed to bury cow carcasses

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A dog working on a Keating Valley ranch in Oregon was killed by a pack of wolves who were lured to the property by several cow carcasses that had not been buried. As reported by Oregon Live, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife determined that members of the Keating wolf pack were responsible for killing the 40-lb herding dog who was approximately 150 yards from the rancher’s house when he died.

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Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that six dead cows were on the property and the rancher had not buried the bodies. Ratliff “strongly” encourages ranchers to bury dead cows to prevent wolves from being lured to the area, saying, “That’s the number one thing you can do to keep wolves away.”

Wildlife officials were able to determine that wolves with the Keating Pack were responsible for the dog’s death thanks to a tracking collar on one of the wolves that showed them on the property on January 14, when the dog was killed. Biologists who examined the dog’s body found, “15 premorten bite punctures about 1/8th of an inch in diameter, as well as tears on the back and inside of the dog’s right front leg.”

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