On its website, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports two recent wolf kills in Lassen County. CDFW has investigated nine cattle deaths this year — two unknown causes, four confirmed wolf kills, two confirmed coyote kills and one non-depredation.
The most recent depredation occurred May 2 on private timberland in Southern Lassen County.
According to the CDFW, “A yearling was killed by wolves the night of May 1 or early May 2. It appeared that wolves had driven a group of yearlings from one pasture through two more pastures and killed one yearling on the way.”
CDFW offered this information on the confirmed wolf kill.
“On the morning of May 2, a cattle producer saw a black wolf in the general area of a 750-pound yearling steer carcass and suspected wolf depredation. The yearling had died the night before.”
According to a report from USDA Wildlife Services investigators, “During the previous night, a group of yearling steers were driven through three pastures from the pasture that they had originated. The yearling carcass was found two pastures from its originating pasture. There were tooth scrapes and punctures with associated hemorrhage on both hind legs, the right flank and the right front leg. Those areas and the size of the scrapes and punctures were consistent with wolf attack.
“A wolf was seen near the carcass and wolf tracks present at the carcass. LAS09F’s GPS collar was in the general area of the carcass on the night of May 1 and early morning of May 2.”
CDFW also reports an April 28 depredation on private forest land in Southern Lassen County.
According to the CDFW website, “On the morning of April 28, a member of the public observed two wolves and a cow chasing each other. Assuming there was a calf carcass nearby, the person notified the livestock producer and CDFW. A USDA Wildlife Services specialist arrived and found the carcass of a 300 pound calf that had recently died.
“The carcass had tooth scrapes with associated subcutaneous and muscle hemorrhage on both hind legs and the left flank. The size of the bite marks and their location on the carcass were consistent with wolf predation.
“Eyewitness observation of two wolves at the site, wolf tracks around the carcass, and GPS collar locations from wolf LAS09F in the vicinity that morning at 2 a.m. Based on the nature and location of its wounds, the calf had been killed by wolves.”