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Pair of Oregon wolves found dead; police suspect people involved in killings

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OR21 after being radio-collared June 3, 2013 in northern Wallowa County. Photo courtesy of ODFW. OR21 after being radio-collared June 3, 2013 in northern Wallowa County. Photo courtesy of ODFW.
WALLOWA COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police are seeking the public's help regarding the deaths of a wolf pair in Wallowa County.

Lt. Bill Fugate said investigators suspect a person or people killed the two wolves. He declined to comment on how the wolves died.

Authorities say the bodies were found three weeks ago, 50 yards from each other, in the Sled Springs area. One of the wolves was collared and its collar emitted a mortality signal, leading to the discovery.

That wolf was known as OR21, a female. The other wolf that was killed was a male.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said the pair became officially established in Sled Springs in January.

Dennehy said there was one reported wolf predation in the area in June, when a rancher found a partially consumed calf and the state determined it was killed by a wolf.

Oregon State Police investigators are asking for the public's help in this case and requesting anyone with information regarding the deaths to contact Senior Trooper Kreg Coggins at 541-426-3049 or use the tip hotline at 1-800-452-788 or TIP@state.or.us.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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