The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information regarding the death of a federally protected male gray wolf found Sept. 30 in the Umatilla National Forest in northeast Oregon.
The wolf was wearing a radio collar and was identified as a member of the Wenaha pack. The 2-year-old wolf was captured and fitted with the radio collar in August. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
The Service is investigating the death of the wolf, which is protected as an endangered species under both state and federal law. Killing an animal protected under the federal Endangered Species Act is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000, one year in jail or both. Killing a wolf is also a violation of Oregon state game law, with fines and penalties assessed by the court.
Anyone with information concerning the death of the wolf is asked to call Special Agent Cindi Bockstadter at 503-682-6131.