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Reward offered for information regarding death of endangered red wolf

Posted January 29, 2013

— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a $2,500 reward for information about the shooting of an endangered red wolf.

The radio-collared wolf was found dead Jan. 18 north of Fairfield in Tyrrell County.

The red wolf was declared an endangered species in 1967 and is protected under the federal law. The maximum criminal penalties for the unlawful taking or killing of the animal are a one-year imprisonment and a $100,000 fine per individual.

About 100 red wolves roam their native habitats in five northeastern North Carolina counties. Red wolves are known for the reddish color behind their ears and along their neck and legs, but they are mostly brown.

Officials say that 10 red wolves were shot to death in 2012.

Anyone with information regarding the death of this red wolf or any others should call 919-856-4786, 252-216-7504 or 252-216-8225.


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  • 4DukeTillDeath Jan 30, 2013

    I'm willing to bet people are mistaking these red wolves for coyotes. Of course no one is going to own up to this if it was a mistaken identity because of the possible huge fine and jail time.

  • dontstopnow Jan 30, 2013

    Endangered Animal does not equal SAFE animal. Of course if your little child was attacked, I am sure you would forgive the animal right?

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 2013

    "They might not attack people, but they do attack livestock. Heavenly"


  • dontstopnow Jan 29, 2013

    They might not attack people, but they do attack livestock. In years past, they were killed to protect cows, horses, goats, chickens, etc. So I am sure if they were hungry enough and in a pack, they would kill a child if presented an opportunity.

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 2013

    I agree NotFromHere, Cowardly

  • NotFromHere Jan 29, 2013

    I hope they find the piece of garbage that did this and punish him/her to the fullest extent of the law. There is no reason for killing a wolf - red or grey. Wolves do not attack people.