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OR: Deputies and ranchers say wolves killed 6 cows; 1 state disagrees

Larry Meyer
The Argus Observer

VALE — Two agencies have looked at the same evidence but came to different conclusions regarding multiple attacks on cattle in the northwestern part of Malheur County, with one saying wolves were responsible, and the other saying they were not.

Although Malheur County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the cattle owners say six cows were killed by wolves, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports say other predators likely killed the cattle or there were other causes.

Local ranchers and county officials would like the USDA Wildlife Services to make a call, or at least issue its own report separate from ODFW’s, on whether wolves are making the kills.