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Reward offered in death of endangered red wolf

Posted December 7, 2012

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

The radio-collared wolf was found shot to death Nov. 29 south of Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

The red wolf was declared an endangered species in 1967 and protected under federal law. Taking or killing the animal is punishable by a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

About 100 red wolves roam in the wild in northeastern North Carolina, according to the agency.

Officials said 16 red wolves have died since Jan. 1. Two were struck by vehicles, two died during capture, five died of unknown causes and seven were suspected gunshot deaths.

Anyone with information about a red wolf death is asked to call 919-856-4786, 252-216-7504 or 252-216-8225.

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  • WooHoo2You Dec 7, 7:57 p.m.

    I'm sorry, I hope no more wolves get killed, but a reward of 2500.00 for information, while an award of only 1,000 for a person murder is offered? I'm sure that all the money the police had, but really?- Rebelyell55

    That is a valid point.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 7, 7:55 p.m.

    Strange...we must live in different states being I have never hit or come close to hitting one. (Now deer on the other hand) BTW, the story is about SHOOTING a RED WOLF not hitting a coyote with a car.

    WooHoo2You
    December 7, 2012 7:49 p.m.
    ...........Can't ya tell this is a bogus, ya don't just hit coyotes. Ya might see one, but to see one hit on the side of the road? I doubt it.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 7, 7:53 p.m.

    I'm sorry, I hope no more wolves get killed, but a reward of 2500.00 for information, while an award of only 1,000 for a person murder is offered? I'm sure that all the money the police had, but really?

  • WooHoo2You Dec 7, 7:49 p.m.

    I see a few coyotes on the roads every day, and sometimes crossing and a few hit now and there. Happens...- Just Plain Common Sense

    Strange...we must live in different states being I have never hit or come close to hitting one. (Now deer on the other hand) BTW, the story is about SHOOTING a RED WOLF not hitting a coyote with a car.

  • WooHoo2You Dec 7, 7:45 p.m.

    So, they are predatory animals. Keep a few in captivity, then, but inevitably, they will run up against us humans and if it were to come to a choice between seeing a red wolf eat my child or shoot it, you know what any parent would do.- Just Plain Common Sense

    Yes, but in your imaginary, theoretical, hypothetical case would a person with "just plain common sense" not call the police to ensure they would not be jailed and / or fined for killing a protected endangered animal?

  • WooHoo2You Dec 7, 7:40 p.m.

    Hunters for the most part are better conservationists than those who claim that they are.- IBleedRedandWhite

    The deer stands, the four wheelers, the 4x4s in the woods or the guns used to kill animals. Which of those "conserve" anything?

    Note, I am not against hunting and do know a few hunters who have the utmost respect for nature and their prey however they *seem* to be a very small minority.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Dec 7, 7:31 p.m.

    I see a few coyotes on the roads every day, and sometimes crossing and a few hit now and there. Happens...

  • Just Plain Common Sense Dec 7, 7:30 p.m.

    So, they are predatory animals. Keep a few in captivity, then, but inevitably, they will run up against us humans and if it were to come to a choice between seeing a red wolf eat my child or shoot it, you know what any parent would do. Question: if a red wolf kills your child, insist going to be sent to jail and pay a $100K fine,or, wait, will the parent sue the Government?

  • Diva RN Dec 7, 6:37 p.m.

    IBleedRedandWhite, I remember reading somewhere that the red wolf, by DNA analysis, looks as if the "species" came about from coyote-grey wolf crosses. So that muddies the waters as to whether it is actually a species at all. I think the jury is still out on it.

    Insofar as hunters, I am vegetarian, but I see few options for deer population control because our ancestors decided to wipe out all their predators about a century ago, so that said predators would not eat livestock. When I worked trauma, I saw a LOT of deer vs. car accidents, some of them very serious (motorcycles, mostly), and I certainly would not want one coming through my windshield. That being said, it does go against natural selection to kill the largest, most fit members of the species. If natural predators were still around, they would be taking the old, weak, and sick.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Dec 7, 5:57 p.m.

    Amen, I bleed red and white!

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