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Reward increases for information about wolf poaching

[large thumbnail url=”reward-increases-for-information-about-wolf-poaching” filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”12″ day=”21″] [thumbnail icon url=”reward-increases-for-information-about-wolf-poaching” filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”12″ day=”21″] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesĀ and Defenders of Wildlife had initially combined to offer a $6,500 reward for information about the poaching of a wolf in Ontonagon County, Michigan – an anonymous doner has increased that reward.

The reward being offered in an Ontonagon County wolf poaching case has been increased from $6,500 to $7,000, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Department of Natural Resources officials announced today.

The DNR and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information related to a recent wolf poaching case in Ontonagon County, occurring some time between Nov.12-16, 2009. The wolf’s radio collar was found in the Stony Creek Area of Ontonagon County, east of the old White Pine Mine location.

“We are pleased to accept this donation, which hopefully will help us obtain the information necessary to prosecute and close this case,” said DNR Lt. Tim Robson. “Anyone who would like to contribute to law enforcement rewards can do so by earmarking a donation to the DNR’s Gift Account for a specific reward, such as wolf or eagle poaching or illegal hunting and fishing investigations.”

DNR Gift Account donations can be made in person at any DNR Operations Service Center or Field Office or by mailing a check, made out to the State of Michigan, with the specific intent of the donation marked in the check’s memo field.

The $7,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the killing of the wolf. In addition to the $500 offered by an anonymous donor, the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) program has donated $500 toward the reward, while the USFWS has offered $5,000 and an additional $1,000 is provided by Defenders of Wildlife, an organization dedicated to protecting endangered species. Gray wolves were recently re-listed by the federal government as an endangered species.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the DNR’s RAP line at 800-292-7800, the USFWS at (989) 686-4578, or contact a local DNR conservation officer. Information can be provided anonymously. An online form to report poaching violations is available on the DNR’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Law Enforcement menu.

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