In the second confirmed wolf depredation in two weeks, a 350-pound calf survived a wolf encounter, but suffered severe injuries in the process. It happened in Joseph Canyon in the Cougar Creek area.
On Aug. 1, a calf was discovered on a large U.S. Forest Service allotment. The calf was taken to a local veterinary clinic for treatment on Aug. 2. The producer who found the calf noted he had seen wolf tracks in the area the day before.
Another rancher in the area suffered three depredations in the vicinity earlier this year.
Investigators found more than a dozen canine tooth scrapes on the outside and rear of both hind legs measuring up to a quarter-inch wide and four inches long. Five puncture wounds also were found.
Further examination revealed a large open wound between the rear legs behind the scrotum that measured nearly 8 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and at least 2 inches deep.
Some of the injuries on the calf had begun to heal and were estimated to have occurred a week before. The size, location and extent of the injuries were sufficient to confirm wolf depredation by the Chesnimnus pack. The calf was found about three miles from where three calves were injured in June by the same pack.