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Collared female wolf killed in Oregon, $11,500 reward offered

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A collared wolf in the Lookout Mountain pack was shot and killed earlier this month in northeast Oregon and police are seeking the public's help to find the person or people responsible.

On Oct. 3, state Fish and Wildlife troopers received information from the agency that a collared female wolf known as OR88 might be dead in northeast Oregon near Little Lookout Mountain, about 9 miles from Durkee, Oregon State Police said Wednesday.

Fish and Wildlife troopers and personnel responded to the area and found the wolf's body on Bureau of Land Management property. Troopers believe the wolf was shot at the location on Oct. 2.

The Oregon Wildlife Coalition and conservation partners are offering to pay an $11,500 reward that leads troopers to an arrest and/or citation in this incident, police said.

In Oregon last year, wildlife troopers found eight dead wolves in same region. The animals were poisoned, but the deaths remain unsolved and rewards also have been offered for tips leading to convictions.

Six wolves found dead this year in northeast Washington this year were poisoned and a reward is also available, officials said last week.

There were a minimum of 206 wolves and 33 packs in Washington state in 2021, according to an annual survey conducted by state and tribal biologists. Idaho had about 1,500 wolves, while Oregon had about 173 at the time.

Meanwhile, environmentalists are pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do more to protect Mexican gray wolves after one of the endangered predators was found dead in southwestern New Mexico.

And earlier this month, authorities said they are offering a $1,150 reward for information leading to an arrest in the killing of a radio collared bobcat that was part of a research project in Arizona.

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