After shooting of red wolf, U.S. Fish and Wildlife posts reward for information

By on May 14, 2022

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Red wolf. (Credit B. Bartel/USFWS)

On May 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a reward and asked for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for the death of a red wolf found shot in Tyrrell County last month.

Here is the information.

A federally protected red wolf was found dead in Tyrrell County, NC in a muddy farm field located south of Newlands Road on April 15, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs your help in the investigation of the red wolf’s death. The red wolf was shot in the spine, causing the wolf to collapse on the field. The red wolf’s lungs were found to be full of mud during a later necropsy.

The Service is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to the successful prosecution in this case. Anyone with information on the death of the red wolf is urged to contact North Carolina Division of Refuge Law Enforcement Patrol Captain Frank Simms at 252-216-7504 or Special Agent Jason Keith at 919-856-4786 ext. 34.

Red wolves are governed by the rules established in 1995 setting up the experimental, nonessential population. This means that landowners may be allowed to remove a nuisance red wolf if it attacks their livestock or pets. Additionally, a red wolf that is taken incidentally to any type of otherwise legal activity (e.g., trapping coyotes following state regulations) on private lands in the red wolf recovery area does not constitute a violation of federal regulation provided that the taking is not intentional or willful and is reported to the Service within 24 hours.

If someone accidentally kills a red wolf, they must report it by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service toll-free at 1-855-4-WOLVES (1-855-496-5837). It is important to report red wolf incidents quickly so that Service personnel can minimize conflicts and retrieve any carcasses while they are still intact.





  • Dano

    Before your allowed to hunt on lands with endangered animals it should be required that you pass a game identification test. If a person just likes to shoot things go the the target range.

    Sunday, May 15 @ 5:30 pm
  • Just a mom

    Someone probably thought it was a coyote.

    Sunday, May 15 @ 9:34 pm
  • Lee

    Red wolves are endangered and must be protected.

    Monday, May 16 @ 10:31 am
  • Greg

    As for the misidentification one has to have a permit to shoot a Coyote in that area. Those who do this type of thing generally cannot help but brag about it on social media. Those who are opposed to the Red Wolf Recovery have a long history of anti wolf social media posts.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 9:15 am