$10,000 Reward in killing of young wolf in Ariz.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered in the killing of a young endangered Mexican gray wolf in eastern Arizona.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the 6-month-old wolf apparently was shot to death while standing along a dirt road about seven miles southwest of Hannagan Meadow. The wolf was found dead Oct. 13.

The agency said that there was moderate hunting activity in the area at the time, and that the area also is a popular camping and hiking region.

Penalties for killing a Mexican gray wolf include fines of up to $75,000 and up to a year in jail.

Mexican gray wolves disappeared from the Southwest during the past century because of federal eradication efforts.

Ten years ago, the government began a program of reintroducing wolves into the wild along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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