Horse Killed by Elk, Not Wolves

Horse and Elk

The battered, bloody remains of a horse were found in a 20 acre pasture on Grouse Creek Ranch in Wallowa County, Oregon, about 18 miles from Imnaha.  Elk hunters stumbled upon the carcass, where the signs of a violent struggle were very clear.  Ranchers immediately suspected wolves were to blame.  Mike Hansen, the district wildlife biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated the death, and determined the suspect is a male elk.   The tracks where the battle occurred consisted of horse and elk tracks, and the injuries to the horse were consistent with puncture wounds from antlers.

Local ranchers are not convinced, and remain on alert for wolves attacking their livestock.

Original Story: Capital Press

Picture: RickandKathy.com

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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