Two wolf kills confirmed in Lassen, Plumas counties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms two recent wolf kills in Northeastern California.

The first confirmed kill was reported Sept. 5 on private land in Northern Plumas County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife presented several photographs of the recent wolf kills, including this photo of a large wolf track. Photo submitted

Investigators visited the site of the first attack in the morning of Sept. 5 after CDFW contacted a producer to notify him of clustered GPS locations from a collared wolf that potentially indicated a carcass on a private grazing allotment. The producer located a 600-pound calf carcass, suspected wolf predation and followed up with CDFW.

Investigators determined bite marks with associated hemorrhage were observed on the hocks of both rear legs and on the neck. Evidence of a struggle as indicated by disturbed vegetation and forest debris within 3 meters of the carcass.

The locations of the wounds are consistent with the attack patterns of wolves, and satellite data indicated a collared female wolf was near the carcass site in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 and very close to the site the night of Sept. 4 and Sept. 5. Wolf tracks and scat were observed at the site.

A 600-pound calf carcass was discovered Sept. 5, and it appeared to have died within the last two days. Investigators reported antemortem wounds in locations consistent with typical wolf attack patterns.

On the morning of Sept. 15, a member of the public contacted employees of a cattle company and reported seeing wolves at a cow carcass.

Investigators discovered a calf carcass with injuries consistent with predation by wolves.

Three wolves, including a collared wolf, were observed at the carcass in the early daylight hours of Sept. 15, and GPS data reveal the collared wolf was at the carcass location at 2 a.m. and in the general area about 6 a.m.

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