The Rogue Pack’s taste for beef continues after a 700-pound calf found dead and partially eaten Saturday in northeast Jackson County became the fifth cow kill attributed to gray wolf OR-7’s pack in the past three weeks, officials said.

“It obviously means they’ve figured out how to take livestock,” said Steve Niemela, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist who investigated last weekend’s cases. “It also means we have to keep working with (cattle) producers for nonlethal deterrents.”

OR-7 and his pack will not be subject to lethal removal by ODFW because they are in Western Oregon, where gray wolves are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Wolves in Western Oregon are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FWS biologist John Stephenson in Bend did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

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