- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Conservation groups are now offering $20,000 for information about the October killing of a protected female wolf in Kittitas County.

The reward announced Tuesday is an increase of $5,000 from the amount previously offered. The Center for Biological Diversity says the wolf was the breeding alpha female of the Teanaway pack, and that her death jeopardizes the recovery of gray wolves in the state.

The wolf was wearing a radio collar. After signals showed the wolf was not moving, her carcass was found Oct. 28 north of Lake Cle Elum.

The poaching was the fourth known illegal killing of a wolf in Washington this year. Wolves were also shot to death in Stevens, Ferry and Whitman counties.

The conservation groups say the reward will go to anyone who provides information resulting in the conviction of the culprit.

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