Wolves wipe out chickens, geese at NE Oregon residence

ODFW says Shamrock Pack was responsible for Wallowa County attack.
Eric Mortenson

Capital Press

Published on March 25, 2017 1:42PM

Courtesy of ODFW
Northeastern Oregon wolves.

Courtesy of ODFW Northeastern Oregon wolves.

Wolves killed at least eight chickens and a goose March 23 in a pack attack that left feathers, chicken parts and “hundreds” of wolf tracks around the site, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The flock owners told ODFW they heard wolf howls about 4 a.m. and later found piles of feathers and fresh internal bird parts near their chicken hutch. According to ODFW, the owners reported they had 16 chickens and eight geese the evening of March 22 and were “missing 16 chickens and seven geese the next morning.”

An ODFW investigator found hundreds of wolf tracks around the open chicken hutch entrance and at “feeding sites” that were marked by piles of feathers. ODFW identified parts from at least eight of the chickens and one of the geese.

Data from a GPS tracking collar worn by OR-41, a wolf from the Shamrock Pack, showed it was about 300 yards from the attack site at 6 a.m. on March 23.

The attack happened in the Flora area, at the northern edge of Wallowa County. The Shamrock Pack previously injured a calf about 24 miles to the southeast in November 2016.


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