Yellowstone National Park is now offering up to $25,000 in reward for information on the shooter of one of Yellowstone’s white wolves.
Mid-April, we reported park staff encountered the alpha female of Yellowstone’s Canyon Pack mortally wounded near the park’s northern boundary. Staff decided to put down the wolf on-site, owing to the extent of her wounds. A preliminary necropsy later determined she had been shot.
At the time, the park offered a $5000 reward for information; a private group offered an additional $5000, bringing the total up to $10,000.
According to a Yellowstone press release, National Park Service law enforcement are seeking pertinent information about the incident, which occurred between April 10 at 1 a.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.:
“Due to a tremendous desire by groups and individuals to donate for this reward, the park has established a Yellowstone Resource Rewards Fund through our charitable partner, Yellowstone Forever,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Up to $25,000 from this Fund will pay for the reward in this case if there is a conviction. Any money leftover will be held for future resource violation cases in the park.”
If you have information about this incident that could help with this investigation, please contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Your tips can be confidential. You don’t have to tell them who you are, but please tell them what you know:
• CALL the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
• TEXT to 202-379-4761
• ONLINE www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”
• EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
• MESSAGE via Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS
More information will be available as law enforcement pursues its investigation.