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June 24, 2016

$15,000 reward offered after wolf pups killed in Idaho

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing wolf pups after removing them from their den in Kootenai County, Idaho. This reward is in addition to a $10,000 reward offered by the Center for Biological Diversity and an undisclosed reward from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The Case: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information in determining who removed and killed wolf pups from a den in north Idaho’s Kootenai County, about 15 miles from Coeur d’Alene. The incident likely occurred the week of May 16, and the Department has collected evidence and is following leads.

Poaching: There was no open season for hunting or trapping wolves in the area when the pups were killed. Poaching is a widespread problem in the United States, with wildlife officials estimating that poachers kill as many animals as legal hunters, and that only one to five percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.

Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS, said: “As apex predators with complex social systems, wolves play a vital role in our ecosystem. This cruel killing of wolf pups is reprehensible.” 

The Investigators: This case is being investigated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.

Resources: The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Other services include assistance with internet wildlife trafficking investigations, donation of robotic decoys and forensic equipment, funds to support wildlife K-9 programs, outreach to prosecutors to encourage vigorous prosecution of poachers and legislative work to strengthen penalties for poaching.

Media Contact: Chloe Detrick, cdetrick@humanesociety.org, 202-658-9091


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