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Officials offer reward in shooting death of red wolf

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Coyote hunting is killing lookalike red wolves like this one.

MANTEO, N.C. — The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for any information regarding the shooting death of a red wolf in Manteo.

According to, the federally protected wolf was found with a suspected gunshot wound on Monday in Washington County.

A reward up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest for the suspected unlawful death of this red wolf.

It was reported that a total of nine red wolves have died since Jan. 1.

The red wolf is protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at 404-763-7959, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at 252-216-7504, or N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-216-8225.