Gray wolves in Wisconsin were delisted in January 2012, but were relisted in December 2014. The Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) [exit DNR] protects all federally listed animals from direct killing, taking, or other activities that may be detrimental to the species.

WDNR conservation wardens found the dead wolf on Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 10 in Waupaca County. It was in the eastbound lane of what is known locally as Weyauwega Hill.

Wardens first suspected the wolf was struck by a passing eastbound vehicle.

Upon further inspection, wardens believe it was shot.

Any person who unintentionally kills an endangered or threatened animal faces a fine of $500 to $2,000 and the loss of hunting privileges for a year.

If the violation is intentional, the penalties include a fine of $2,000 to $5,000, up to nine months in jail and the loss of hunting privileges for three years.

Anyone has information regarding this wolf is asked contact the WDNR Violation Hotline – call or text 1-800-847-9367. The Hotline is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week. You also can submit an online report to the Hotline: https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav/

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