Update! $16,500 Reward Offered In Case Of First Wolf Shot & Killed In Oregon This Year Who Was A Two-Year-Old Collared Female; The War On Wolves Must End!

Heartbreaking image of murdered wolf, OR 106, provided to WAN by the Oregon State Police Department

Update!

Today, conservation groups announced a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of a two-year-old collared female wolf in Wallowa County in early January. WAN shared the heartbreaking news of the wolf’s tragic death yesterday. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Turn in Poachers (TIP) division also offers a $300 reward for valid information regarding illegal wolf killings.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Oregon State Police Sgt. Isaac Cyr through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’sTurn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Tips can also be submitted via email to TIP@state.or.us

Reference case #SP22006179

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Last year was especially brutal for the dwindling population of wolves in Oregon and throughout the United States. Many were killed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), while at least eight others were victims of illegal poisoning. These killings were senseless, cruel, and unnecessary. 

Now, less than two weeks into the new year, WAN has learned of another death; this time, it was a two-year-old collared female wolf who was reportedly shot and killed in Wallowa County. According to information sent to WAN by the Oregon Police Department, the lone wolf was a young female tagged as (OR 106) that dispersed from the Chesnimnus Pack.

As per a statement sent to WAN by Oregon Police PIO Captain Bigman, on January 8th at 10:36am, “a concerned citizen reported to the Oregon State Police and ODFW personnel about finding a collared deceased wolf on Parsnip Creek Road in Wallowa County, approximately six miles southeast of Wallowa, Oregon. OSP Troopers and ODFW personnel responded to the area and located a deceased collared wolf. The initial investigation revealed that the wolf likely died as a result of being shot.”

As previously reported by WAN, last year the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) killed nearly the entire Lookout Mountain wolf pack in Baker County. In October, the agency announced that it killed three more members of the Lookout Mountain wolf pack, including a yearling and two pups that were not old enough to hunt. In 2021, the department had also killed members of this wolf family, including the breeding male, another yearling, and three young pups.

In 2021, eight gray wolves were also deliberately poisoned and killed in eastern Oregon. Conservation and animal protection groups are offering a combined $40,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for this senseless crime.

Oregon State Police are requesting the public’s help as they search for the person who illegally shot and killed OR 106, the young female wolf in Wallowa County.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Oregon State Police Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email TIP@state.or.us. Reference case #SP22006179.

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