Federal and state officials are asking for assistance in the investigation of a red wolf death last fall. A federally-protected red wolf was found dead Nov. 12 in Hyde County. Based on the condition of the body and other evidence, the actual date of death is estimated to be Oct. 31. The necropsy results recently received indicate the cause of death was gunshot. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. There’s a reward of $2,500 for information that leads to the successful prosecution in this case. A five county area of northeastern North Carolina is the only place in the world where 50 to 75 remaining red wolves roam their native habitat.
Anyone with information on the death of this or any other red wolf is urged to contact Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at 404-763-7959 x222; Special Agent Jason Keith at 919-856-4520 x34; North Carolina Zone Wildlife Officer Frank Simms at 252-796-3004 x223; or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-269-6734.