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Oregon wolf shot to death: 'We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings'

The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs.(ODFW)

ENTERPRISE, Ore. - Another wolf has been shot to death in Oregon.

Oregon State Police said OR-23 was found dead Wednesday, Nov. 15. Investigators believe the wolf died from a gunshot Sunday, Nov. 12; or Monday, Nov. 13.

It is the second wolf shot and killed in Wallowa County this year. A hunter shot a wolf after he says it charged him. The hunter reported the incident to state police. The local prosecutor determined a crime was not committed.

Three other wolves have been found killed in south central Oregon in the past year. Those slayings are unsolved.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, Wildlife Division Administrator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation," Cottam said. "Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

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