GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The latest livestock attack by Oregon's Snake River pack could put it one bite away from being the first considered for a state kill order under new rules.

The settlement of a lawsuit from conservation groups forced Oregon to create specific rules for using lethal control on wolves in cattle country.

Ranchers must make an effort to keep wolves away with non-lethal means, such as having cowboys in the area.

Then a pack has to make four confirmed and qualifying attacks in six months.

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A wounded cow found Nov. 21 has been confirmed as the third for the Snake River pack.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is evaluating whether non-lethal steps were taken that would qualify the attack in the countdown.

Backstory: Third wolf attack on Snake River

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