U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

March 26, 1996

Michael Smith 303-236-7905
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

REWARD MONEY INCREASED FOR INFORMATION ON WOLF SHOT NEAR DANIEL, WYOMING

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is increasing its offer of a reward to $2,000 for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of a gray wolf found dead Sunday, February 11, 1996, near the town of Daniel, Wyoming. As a result of several phone calls from concerned ranchers and citizens, several leads have developed and continue to be investigated.

A necropsy of the animal was performed by the Service's National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon. Test results of the stomach contents conclude that the animal had been feeding on deer.

The animal, wolf R-12 from the group of 14 wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, was found shot along county road 112, in an area used extensively for snowmobiling. It is believed the wolf was killed at the site.

Information relative to the case can be given anonymously and the caller would still be eligible to receive the reward monies.

With additional information provided by witnesses and further analysis of evidence by investigators, law enforcement agents are hopeful of solving the case in the near future.

Anyone with information about the wolf's death may contact Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Roy Brown in Lander, Wyoming, at (307) 332-7607, or any Service Special Agent, as well as any law enforcement agent with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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