"These two wolves, known as OR-25 and OR-33, were seeking out new territory in the hopes of creating a family of their own," Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), wrote in a release. "And now they're gone."
According to CBD, at least nine wolves have been poached or died under mysterious circumstances in Oregon since 2015.
“The trend is indisputable. Individuals in Oregon are getting away with murder," Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, told The Dodo. "It’s critical that the USFWS aggressively pursues these killers to let the public know that these crimes will not be tolerated.”