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Reward offered in red wolf shooting

State and federal wildlife agencies offered a $2,500 reward Friday in the year’s third suspected shooting death of an endangered red wolf.

The wolf was found Sept. 30 in Tyrrell County but had been apparently been shot four days earlier. Suspect gunshot deaths also happened in January and March.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing North Carolina’s red wolf program, under which about 100 animals roam the coastal Albemarle Peninsula, and could end or modify the landmark effort.

Authorities ask that anyone with information on the shootings call federal agent John Elofson (404-763-7959), refuge officer Frank Simms (252-216-7504) or N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne ( 252-216-8225). Bruce Henderson