Gray wolf

Washington state authorities are investigating the death of a gray wolf.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death of a wolf found Monday in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Washington.

The wolf was wearing a radio collar that indicated it had stopped moving Saturday, Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Staci Lehman said Friday. The cause of death is under investigation, she said.

Wolves are an endangered species under state law in that part of Washington. Poaching a state-protected species is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Conservation Northwest has offered a $7,500 award for information leading to a conviction.

Anyone with tips can call Fish and Wildlife at (509) 892-1001.

Wolves are not federally protected in the eastern one-third of Washington.

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