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Sheriff’s office confirms wolf kills

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – For the first time in recent history, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a wolf kill of six cattle.

The cattle are all owned by Rancher Bill Butler, who said last week he suspects wolves are responsible for killing up to seven of his cattle on pastureland near Beulah Reservoir.

In one instance, a sheriff’s deputy examined the remains of a 500-pound calf.

“I find the death of this calf to be caused by a wolf or wolves,” Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Speelman stated in his report.

His findings contradict those of agents from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency attributed the deaths of six cattle to “other” causes but specifically ruled out wolves. As a result, Butler isn’t eligible for compensation from . . .