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NC: Wildlife officials say red wolf found shot to death in Tyrrell County; cut radio collar found


MANTEO, North Carolina — Federal wildlife officials are asking for help after another red wolf was found dead in northeastern North Carolina.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that a red wolf was found dead in Tyrrell County on Tuesday of an apparent gunshot wound. Officials also found a red wolf radio collar that appeared to have been cut off.

Earlier this month, several groups posted a $21,000 reward after two red wolves were found dead in Washington County.

The wildlife service says 12 red wolves had died this year prior to the recent report. Of the total, three were struck and killed by vehicles, one died as a result of non-management related actions, and seven were confirmed or suspected gunshot deaths.

The red wolf is protected under The Endangered Species Act.