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November 5, 2013

Reward Offered in Two Red Wolf Shootings in North Carolina

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 per case for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting two endangered red wolves. The HSUS and HSWLT offer adds to an existing total reward of $2,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The case: According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Oct. 28 one red wolf who had been shot was discovered near south of Roper and west of Lake Phelps, in Washington County.  A second wolf was found shot on Oct. 30 in the same area. Red wolves are protected under federal law and shooting them is illegal.

“Red wolves are teetering on the brink of extinction and these illegal shootings are devastating for the species,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “We applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their tireless work to investigate these shootings.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at 404-763-7959, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at 252-216-7504, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-216-8225. 

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

Resources: The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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