Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Reward offered for info about wolf kill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for killing a federally-protected gray wolf in Pine County Minnesota. A dead, radio-collared wolf was recovered during the November 2005 deer season near County Road 31 between Kingsdale and Cloverton, Minn. Gray wolves are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and killing a wolf is prohibited by the federal law.

After its recovery, the wolf carcass was sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensic Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, for examination. The forensic examinations yielded both ballistic and fingerprint evidence. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Resident Agent in Charge Pat Lund, the wolf died as a result of two high velocity gun shots.

“The evidence recovered by the lab is valuable, but we believe someone hunting or living in the area where the wolf was killed has additional information that will help finalize this investigation.”

Anyone with information about this or any other wolf killings in the State of Minnesota are urged to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s law enforcement Tip Line at 1-800-532-2887 or the St. Paul law enforcement office at (651) 778-8360.

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