The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the deaths of two red wolves found in different parts of Hyde County.
The wildlife service says one wolf was found April 23 near Engelhard in the eastern part of Hyde County, and the second one was found four days later near Scranton, on the western side. Both wolves were wearing radio collars.
The wildlife service didn't say how the wolves died. The special agent investigating the case didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
The service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest or other penalties.
More than 100 red wolves live in five North Carolina counties. The wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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