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MN: Reward offered in Minnesota wolf shooting cases

December 28, 2009

Reward offered in Minnesota wolf shooting cases One wolf was shot northwest of Grand Rapids in the Ball Club area while the second was killed northwest of Two Harbors.

The federal government is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of people who shot two wolves in northern Minnesota in November.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the wolf killings along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Leech Lake Conservation Enforcement Department.

Both wolves were killed on or around Nov. 9. One wolf was shot northwest of Grand Rapids in the Ball Club area while the second was killed northwest of Two Harbors. The wolf killed near Two Harbors had been fitted with a radio tracking collar.

Wolves remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The animals had been removed from federal protections in the three states in 2007, but now are back under federal control after a recent court decision. Itís expected that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will move again to de-list wolves in 2010, but, until then, it remains illegal for anyone but a federal trapper to kill wolves, except when a life is threatened.

Under federal law, killing a wolf is a violation of the Endangered Species Act, punishable by imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of up to $25,000.

Minnesota has about 3,200 wolves while Wisconsin and Michigan each have about 500.

Contact the DNRís TIP line at (800) 652-9093 or call Special Agent Ron Kramer at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Duluth at (218) 720-5357. Callers can remain anonymous.

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