"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," Doug Cottam, wildlife division administrator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), said. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation."
The body of OR-23 was found just a week after another wolf, a 4-year-old male known as OR-25, was found dead. Mere days earlier, an elk hunter shot dead a female wolf, reportedly believing her to be a coyote. And earlier this year OR-33 was found dead. Last fall, the body of a mother wolf, OR-28, was also discovered. Barring the elk hunter, who was excused because he claimed self-defense, no one knows who is responsible for all these deaths.