The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a collared male wolf from the Wenaha pack was illegally killed and discovered on Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Umatilla National Forest just east of Troy.

As of Oct. 6, the USDA Fish and Wildlife Services will not confirm either the death of the wolf or that there is an investigation in progress, according to agency spokeswoman Joan Jewett.

Because the wolf has been put on the nation's list of endangered species, the penalty for illegally killing the Wenaha wolf is up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

The wolf had been captured and collared in August, and then tracked by ODFW. The wolf was reported in be in "good shape" when captured back in August.

This is the first reported illegal taking of a wolf since May 2007, when the decomposed body of a female had been found in a heavily wooded area near Elgin.

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