After NPS officials initially put up a $5k reward for info regarding the illegal shooting of a wolf within the borders of Yellowstone National Park, a wave of conservationists have answered the call by throwing in their lot and raising the total reward to $25k reports The Star Valley Independent.
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According to the original NPS press release, an ailing white wolf was found by hikers on April 11th near the Old Yellowstone Trail on the north end of the park. Shortly after finding the distressed animal, the hikers alerted park officials who would later euthanize the wolf. A coroner’s report indicated that the animal had been shot with a rifle.
The monetary response surprised superintendent Dan Wenk, who says that if no culprits are discovered– the funds will be channeled towards investigating future “resource violations” within the park. Donations were received through the charitable park non-profit, Yellowstone Forever.
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It's not everyday you get to see a wolf in the wild, especially near the road. But if you do, make sure you are either 100 yards away or safely in your vehicle pulled completely off the road. Thanks to @forrestmankins for sharing this shot with us, taking the #YellowstonePledge and encouraging others to do the same!
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Find the entire Star Valley Independent article here: Reward now $25,000 in the case of the Yellowstone white wolf