Yellowstone Reward Fund Created For Wolf Found Shot This Spring

May 31, 2017

A rare white wolf was illegally shot in April 2017, and now a reward for information is worth $25,000.
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Yellowstone National Park is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about a wolf found shot in the park last month.

The National Park Service is investigating the death of a famous white female wolf. The service initially set a reward for information at $5,000. But park spokesperson Jonathan Shafer says a group of generous advocates have upped the ante.

“And we increased that amount to $25,000 as a result of a groundswell of interest from people who wanted to contribute to the reward fund,” says Shafer.

Shafer says they partnered with a nonprofit to create the Yellowstone Resource Rewards Fund, and will offer $25,000 to find who killed the wolf in April. Any additional money will be used for future wildlife violations.

He says this isn’t the first time a reward led to an arrest in a case like this.

“There is an incident a few years ago where several bison were killed inside the Park. And Yellowstone offered a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for that.”

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch is handling the case, and accepts confidential tips.

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