Another wolf kill in Lassen County

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.

3 thoughts on “Another wolf kill in Lassen County

  • September 2, 2018 at 9:50 am
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    Learn to coexist. Plenty of ranchers use detergents that work. Killing wolf packs, especially since they just returned to California should not be an option. Wildlife services killed 2.6 million of our wildlife last year and 3.2 million the year before. Stop killing wildlife for ranchers. If they can’t coexist they should find another livelihood. #ReformWildlifeSetvices #PredatorsOverLivestock #PeotectWolves

    • September 2, 2018 at 9:54 am
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      #ReformWildlifeServices
      #PredatorsOverLivestock #ProtectWolves

  • September 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm
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    Devin Miller is an idiot. He has no idea that ranchers do not get rich from raising cattle. It is an honorable lifestyle and a commitment to feed the world. I certainly hope that he doesn’t eat beef or any other mammal that is reaised for human consumption. Before you start talking about coexisting, look at your plate and tell me what a wolf contributed. Support our farmers and ranchers. Contact your local legislators and express your dissatisfaction of the wolf project.

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