Klamath County, Oregon – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is actively seeking information on the deaths of three endangered gray wolves discovered east of Bly in southern Oregon. This incident has sparked a significant investigation and a substantial reward for information.
Investigation into Endangered Gray Wolf Deaths
The three endangered gray wolves were found dead on December 29, 2023, in an area known for wolf activity.
The discovery was made after the collars of two gray wolves, identified as the adult breeding female OR115 and the subadult OR142 from the Gearhart Mountain Pack, emitted mortality signals. Responding to these signals, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division troopers and an ODFW biologist located the two collared wolves and an additional uncollared subadult wolf dead. This incident has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer a reward of $50,000 for information that could lead to an arrest, a criminal conviction, or a civil penalty assessment concerning these deaths.
Gray wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act in the western two-thirds of Oregon. The investigation is a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the deaths of these endangered wolves to come forward. Information can be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131 or the Oregon State Police Dispatch at (800) 452-7888, *OSP (*677), or via email at [email protected]. Callers have the option to remain anonymous.