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State officials are offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for shooting a gray wolf in Houghton County on Saturday.

The shooting took place between 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along M-26, a half-mile south of Twin Lakes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR conservation officers said the shooter’s vehicle would have been parked along the west shoulder of M-26, heading southwest.

“The subject shot from the vehicle and struck the wolf as it was standing on the snowmobile trail (Trail No. 3) to the west of the highway,” Sgt. Grant Emery of the DNR’s Baraga Field Office said in the statement Monday.

Gray wolves, a federally endangered species, cannot be killed legally except in the defense of human life.

The maximum penalty for poaching a wolf is 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, plus $1,500 reimbursement to the state. Those convicted of poaching also usually face a four-year suspension of hunting privileges.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Marquette DNR District Office at (906) 228-6561 or the Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-7800. All information is confidential.

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