Feds, conservation groups offer $15K for wolf’s killer

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five conservation groups are teaming up to offer $15,500 for information about the illegal poaching of a federally protected gray wolf.

The wolf known as OR-33 was found dead near Klamath Falls on April 23.

The Center for Biological Diversity says it’s one of at least eight wolves that have been poached or died under mysterious circumstances in Oregon since 2015.

OR-33 was a 4-year-old male that left the Imnaha Pack in northeast Oregon in November 2015.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says over two days in June, he killed two goats and one lamb at a small livestock operation northeast of Ashland.

The agency is offering $5,000 for details on the poaching.

The conservation groups are offering an additional $10,500 combined.