A pair of animal rights groups are offering a $2,500 reward for information in a wolf killing case in Union County near La Grande, Oregon, which happens to be the epicenter of Oregon’s wolf recovery and ground zero for the heated debate over the future of wolves in Oregon.
The nearly 100 pound animal was discovered by a property owner on his land near Cove, Oregon about 30 miles east of La Grande and has subsequently been determined to have been unlawfully killed. The exact cause of death has not been released.
Now the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Fund are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. While genetic tests are still pending to confirm that the animal is a legally protected wolf, investigators have already dubbed the killing a wildlife crime which carries a potential one-year jail sentence and a fine up to $6,500.
Personally, we’d like to see a little more robust reward from wildlife advocates, something that could entice an enlightened friend, neighbor or family member to break the silence. We're dealing with the “Shoot, shovel, shut-up” crowd and, if nothing else, we’d love to see how well the "shoot-shovel" mantra goes over in a state or federal courtroom.