The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing an endangered red wolf in North Carolina. Additionally, anyone who has essential information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Oct. 4, the body of a red wolf was discovered at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare County, N.C. It is believed that the wolf was killed illegally.
“This killing of this highly endangered wild animal is truly appalling, and we implore anyone with information to come forward,” said Kimberly Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “We are extremely grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for their tireless work to solve this egregious crime.”
The red wolf is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The person or persons responsible could face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison per wolf.
The HSUS and HSWLT have an existing reward offer for unsolved red wolf killings that took place in neighboring Hyde County in April.