For the first time on record, Klamath County has
not received a report of wolf depredation within its borders for
an entire year, despite livestock attacks nearby in recent
During a meeting Thursday of the Klamath County
Wolf Depredation Advisory Council, committee members said they
were not requesting reimbursements funds from the state for 2017
because no livestock losses were reported during that time.
Commissioner Donnie Boyd, county liaison to the
council, said this was an example of the council achieving its
purpose to reduce local wolf attacks.
“I think it’s great,” he
said. “I think the goal is to not have any livestock loss.”
The council was formed in 2013 in response to an
increase in wolf activity in Oregon. Their goal was to use
non-lethal methods to deter wolves and to distribute
reimbursement funds from the state to livestock owners impacted
by wolves. The county did not keep a record of wolf attacks
until after the council was formed.
Lani Hickey, environmental resource manager for
county public works, said 2017 was the first year since the
council was formed that no wolf depredation was reported.
Without a need to reimburse ranchers, she said the council can
dedicate grant funding this year to education and prevention,
including public workshops to teach residents more about wolves.
This announcement came
shortly after a series of depredations in Jackson County carried
out by the Rogue Pack. Though the pack’s territory includes
parts of Klamath County, wildlife officials said Rogue wolves
typically winter in Jackson County.
In the interest of continuing to prevent local
wolf attacks, the council approved moving forward Thursday with
the purchase of a tilt trailer for the removal of dead
livestock. Hickey said the trailer would not be simply for
animals attacked by wolves, but any carcass that may attract the
She said the county would purchase the trailer at
an estimated cost of $7,830 from Frontier Trailer Sales &
Service, then transfer the title to the state, who would be in a
better position to respond to needs for carcass transportation.
The funding would come from a state grant awarded last year.
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