Reward Offered In Eastern Carolina Killings Of Red Wolves

Federal authorities are offering a $26,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone who has shot endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting the public's help following the sixth suspected killing of a red wolf in the last four weeks.

The wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Killing one is a federal crime punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Since the start of 2013, authorities suspect that at least nine wolves have been shot. Officials also found a red wolf's radio collar that appeared to have been cut off.

Anyone with information on the killings is urged to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at (404) 763-7959.

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