Reward offered for information on shooting of radio-collared wolf

Staff reportMarch 23, 2014 

Wildlife The state and three nonprofit groups are offering a reward of up to $22,500 for information on a fatal wolf shooting in northeast Washington.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking the public’s help to identify who is responsible for shooting and killing a gray wolf last month in Stevens County.

A 2-year-old black female wolf from the Smackout Pack was found dead Feb. 9 near Cedar Lake in northeast Stevens County. The condition of the carcass indicated it had died between Feb. 5 and Feb. 7, and a veterinarian’s examination confirmed it had been shot, according to a department news release.

Wildlife managers had captured the wolf about a year ago and fitted it with a radio collar so they could track its movements and those of her pack.

The department, with the help of three nonprofit organizations, is offering the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Conservation Northwest, the Center for Biological Diversity and The Humane Society of the United States have each pledged $7,500 to create the reward.

Gray wolves are protected throughout the state. The department is responsible for managing wolves and enforcing laws to protect them. The illegal killing of a wolf or other endangered fish or wildlife species is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Sgt. Pam Taylor of the department’s Northeast region is leading the investigation. She asked people with knowledge of the crime to report it confidentially by calling the department’s poaching hotline at 877-933-9847, or by texting a tip to 847411.

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