A one-week old, 100-pound calf that died in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 15 is the latest confirmed wolf kill in Lassen County.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Gray Wolf website, “The nature and location of the calf’s injuries, as well as the presence of wolves at the carcass site near the estimated time of the calf’s death, confirm the incident as a wolf depredation.”
According to the website, a livestock producer on private land in Western Lassen County “encountered multiple wolves in a pasture near an adult cow.”
The rancher reported the sighting to the USDA Wildlife Services, who notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the two agencies investigated the carcass and site that day.
A wildlife specialist observed the adult cow and nine wolves near the carcass, including two adults, two yearlings and five pups.
Wounds and hemorrhages on the calf — “multiple bites on both hind legs, also bites to nose, jaw, side of face and throat” — are consistent with wolf attacks.
The adult cow was attempting to protect the calf carcass, and satellite GPS locations for the wolf LAS01F indicated she was within 250 feet of the calf carcass at 9 p.m. Aug. 14 and at midnight, 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Aug. 15. According to CDFW, wolves probably killed a cow about 6 miles away on June 1.
There have been two confirmed wolf kills in Lassen County, one confirmed kill in Plumas County, one probable kill in Lassen County and a number of cattle deaths due to undetermined causes.