Columbia, N.C. — 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.