RALEIGH, North Carolina — Wildlife officials are investigating what appears to be the illegal shooting death of an endangered red wolf in eastern North Carolina.
A news release Friday by state and federal officials says the radio-collared red wolf was found dead of an apparent gunshot on Sept. 30 in Tyrrell County. Wildlife officials maintain the only wild red wolf population in the eastern part of the state
It's the third red wolf to die in 2014 from a suspected gunshot. Seven others have died of various causes, including two by auto accident.
Authorities are investigating the case as an illegal killing of a red wolf. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tom MacKenzie says that no one came forward to say they shot the wolf, which is among the reasons the death is suspicious.