While we’re on the subject of wolves, this news just came in from Oregon State Police: Genetic testing shows the 97-pound animal found dead on private property in Northeast Oregon’s Union County in March was indeed a gray wolf. And it originally came from Oregon’s Imnaha Pack.
OSP reports a necropsy confirmed the wolf’s death was “the result of a criminal act,” but the agency is not releasing the actual cause.
The investigation indicates the wolf had been dead for about a week.
Gray wolves are protected under the state Endangered Species Act, so it is illegal to kill one except with a special permit or in defense of a human life. Poaching a gray wolf is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $6,250.