DNR investigates possible poaching death of timber wolf in Waupaca County

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WEYAUWEGA, Wis. (WSAW) The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating a possible poaching death of a timber wolf. It happened January 3 in Weyauwega.

DNR Officials said an 80 pound female wolf was found dead with a gun shot to its upper left shoulder near Highway 10. Officials said it had also been run over with a vehicle.

NewsChannel 7's Emily Boyer requested a photos of the animal but Conservation Warden Katlyn Kernosky said she couldn't release the them due to the ongoing investigation.

Kernosky wouldn't say if they suspected the killing could have been an act of self defense. When asked if investigators had identified any motive, the warden responded by saying the dead wolf indicated illegal activity occurred.

"Wolves in Wisconsin are protected by both the state law and federal law. Besides that I've found, people are pretty passionate about wolves-- whether you like them or not. It's a very passionate response. The death has attracted a lot of attention from the community and newspapers" Kernosky said.

The wolf's body has been sent to a lab for testing and analysis. The DNR hopes this will lead to more information, but say it's unlikely. They're now asking for the public's help to gather more information.

If you know anything, they're asking you to call the DNR tip line. The number is 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline operates 24 hours a day. You can remain anonymous.