The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for the public's help for information about the illegal shooting of a red wolf.
Anyone with information about the incident might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.
Officials found the wolf's body, with an apparent gunshot wound, on Oct. 12 east of Belhaven in Beaufort County, N.C.
The red wolf is an endangered species.The maximum criminal penalties for illegally killing a red wolf is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Another red wolf was found dead Sept. 4 near Creswell in the western part of Tyrrell County, N.C. Officials have not said if the two cases are related.
Anyone with information can contact Special Agent Sandra Allred at 919-856-4786, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at 252-216-7504 or N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-216-8225.