Help Catch Oregon Wolf Killers; Reward Tops $16,750.00

An ODFW biologist in the process of collaring wolf OR33, a then 2-year-old adult male from the Imanaha Pack. Feb. 25, 2015. Photo by ODFW

In the past two weeks alone, state and federal officials have announced the poaching deaths of two wolves OR-25 and OR-33 near Fort Klamath and Klamath Falls, where wolves still have federal protection.

Conservation organizations are raising the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) reward for information on the illegal killing of OR-25 and OR-33.

The FWS has offered a $5,000 reward, and numerous conservation organizations have contributed an additional $11,750.00, bringing the total to $16,750.00.

Defenders of WildlifeCenter for Biological Diversity, Humane Society of the United States, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild are responsible for the substantial increase in the reward fund.

As per Defenders of Wildlife, since 2015, at least eight wolves have been poached or died under mysterious circumstances in Oregon. Those include OR-33, OR-28, OR-22, OR-34, OR-31, an uncollared sub-adult wolf from the Walla Walla pack, and two wolves known as the Sled Springs pair.

“Poaching is a huge and growing problem in Oregon. We need everyone’s help to catch this killer,” Quinn Read, Northwest representative for Defenders of Wildlife said in a statement. “The US Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation groups alike are working together to bring justice for OR-33, and send a message that this vile act won’t be tolerated in our state.”


Killing a gray wolf in the western two-thirds of Oregon is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. It is also a violation of Oregon state game laws and is subject to both criminal and civil penalties.

The investigation of this crime is being conducted by the Oregon State Police and the FWS.

Poaching is an acute problem in Oregon that demands serious attention from lawmakers and wildlife management officials to strengthen and enforce wildlife laws, and to deter and fully prosecute criminals.

“We are helping contribute to the reward fund in the hopes of finding the perpetrator and bringing them to justice,” noted Danielle Moser, wildlife coordinator for Oregon Wild. “Going forward, we encourage the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to take wolf poaching more seriously.”

Anyone with information about this case should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131, or Oregon State Police Tip Line at (800) 452-7888.

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