Congratulations to the jackass that killed a nearly-extinct North Carolina Red Wolf earlier this month – you just personally pushed the species that much closer to the brink.
The wolf, one of the rarest and most endangered canine species in the world, was found dead on September 4th in Tyrrell County. Feds say it was wearing a radio collar to help track it.
The species one roamed throughout the Southeastern United States, but officially went extinct in the wild in 1980. In 1987, the wolves were reintroduced in Northeastern North Carolina as part of a captive breeding program that today has a population of (now) just under 100.
Fed are offering a $2,500 reward for information that might help them land a suspect. Once in custody, that person faces one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
In 2007, the US Fish an Wildlife Service estimated that there were 300 red wolves remaining in the world, with 207 of those in captivity.