Utah agriculture officials confirm the presence of a wolf in Rich County

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said it has confirmed a wolf is in Rich County, another sign the species has likely returned to the state.

The agency told FOX 13 on Tuesday that a calf was found dead and bite marks were consistent with those of a wolf. The initial investigation has determined the calf was killed sometime in the past four days.

“Wolves can cover some serious country so we’re doing our best to locate the animal as soon as possible,” Leann Hunting, UDAF’s director of Animal Industry and Food, said in a statement to FOX 13.

The agency said it is actively investigating the incident to determine what to do next in response to livestock loss, as well as trapping the wolf. Under state law, anytime a predator takes livestock it is trapped and killed.

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