$10,000 Reward Offered in Wolf Killing Case

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting death of a Mexican gray wolf on or about March 8.

Wolf recovery team members picked up a mortality signal emitted from the animal's radio collar along Forest Road 117 in the Green Peaks area of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, south of Highway 60, northwest of Springerville.

The killing of a Mexican gray wolf is a violation of both federal and state laws. Violations of the federal Endangered Species Act can invoke criminal penalties of up to $25,000 and/or six months in jail, or a civil penalty of up to $25,000.

Anyone with information they believe may be helpful in solving this crime, or the killing of any Mexican gray wolf that has occurred since 1998, should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (480) 967-7900 or the Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.