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Update #2: Genetic Testing Confirms Carcass Found in March in Union County is a Gray Wolf; OSP Investigation Continues
Sergeant Chris Hawkins
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 963-7175 ext 4670

Update: Genetic testing conducted by the University of Idaho has confirmed that the carcass found in Union County in March is that of a gray wolf that originated from the Imnaha Pack.


Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division, with the assistance of Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), is continuing the investigation into the confirmed death of a gray wolf found mid-March in northeast Oregon's Union County.

On March 16, 2012 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP Fish & Wildlife Senior Trooper Kris Davis received a call regarding the discovery of a possible deceased wolf on private property about 6 miles north of Cove, Oregon. Davis and Sergeant Isaac Cyr responded and contacted the property owner and person who reported finding the deceased animal to Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife that morning.

After taking possession of the 97-pound animal, OSP took it to a local veterinarian for x-rays. The initial examination didn't confirm a cause of death. A necropsy confirmed the cause of death was the result of a criminal act but the actual cause is not being released. The investigation indicates the animal had been dead about one week.

Wolves are protected by the state Endangered Species Act throughout Oregon. Except in the defense of human life or with a special permit, it is unlawful to kill a wolf. Doing so is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $6,250.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Senior Trooper Kris Davis at (541) 963-7175 ext. 4673 or email kris.davis@state.or.us.

For questions regarding wolves in Oregon call Michelle Dennehy, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, at (503) 947-6022.