— From wire reports

Wolf illegally killed — A collared gray wolf known as OR-33 was illegally killed in Southern Oregon, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to help solve the crime. The agency announced the death Wednesday, saying DNA from a heavily decomposed carcass found this spring was matched to DNA from when OR-33 was collared by wildlife biologists two years ago. The carcass was found northwest of Klamath Falls on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The wolf had been blamed for a three-day livestock killing spree east of Ashland in June 2016. OR-33 was blamed for killing two goats, one sheep and injuring a third sheep. “We just recently confirmed it was a wolf, and it was that wolf,” Fish and Wildlife spokesman Brent Lawrence said Wednesday. It is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act to kill a gray wolf, which is listed as endangered in the western two-thirds of Oregon.

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