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$15,000 reward in illegal killing of Oregon wolf


 A 72 lb yearling female wolf from the Mt. Emily pack was captured and GPS collared on June, 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of ODFW
A 72 lb yearling female wolf from the Mt. Emily pack was captured and GPS collared on June, 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of ODFW
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SUMMER LAKE, Ore. - A gray wolf that made the trek from northeastern Oregon to the mountains east of Crater Lake was found dead October 6.

A combined reward of $15,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of wolf OR-28.

Wolves west of Highway 395 are on the Endangered Species Act. | More on wolves in Oregon

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131, or Oregon State Police Tip Line at (800) 452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous.

OR-28 was captured as a yearling member of the Mount Emily in Umatilla County and equipped with a GPS collar in June 2014.

State biologists tracked her as she walked from northeastern Oregon to the Fort Rock and Silver Lake Wildlife Management Units in Klamath and Lake counties last November.

“The illegal killing of wolf OR-28 is heartbreaking. She was a pioneering animal, one of the first wolves to make the journey from northeastern to western Oregon,” said Amaroq Weiss, the Center for Biological Diversity West Coast wolf organizer. “OR-28 was also a first-time mother, who leaves behind her mate and single pup to fend for themselves. This was a cowardly crime. I hope the perpetrator is caught quickly.”

The Center has offered a $10,000 reward in the wolf's death. The US Fish and wildlife Service has offered a $5,000 reward.

The killing is being investigated by the Oregon State Police and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The wolf’s carcass was taken to the USFWS’s National Forensics Laboratory for a necropsy.

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Anyone with information about this case should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131, or Oregon State Police Tip Line at (800) 452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous.

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