September 24, 2023

Gunshots Didn’t Frighten Away Wolves Determined to Kill Sheep

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“Wolves killed at least three lambs and injured an undetermined number of other sheep on private land on the western Zumwalt Prairie, according to a livestock depredation investigation report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The attack occurred the night of May 29. According to the ODFW report, at 11:30 p.m. a sheepherder heard wolves howling near his trailer and the bedded flock of domestic sheep outside. He went outside and saw three tan-colored wolves in the illumination from his flashlight.

The sheepherder, who was armed with a .22 magnum, then fired several shots in the air and the wolves moved away, but apparently not far. For the next 20 minutes he could hear the sheep being chased in the dark. In the morning he found three dead lambs, one of which was mostly consumed, and 20 sheep that had suffered bite injuries.”<<<Read More>>>