COLUMBIA -

A reward of $21,000 was offered up by multiple environmental agencies for the arrest of whoever shot two red wolves in October.

The wolves were found in Washington county south of Roper and west of Lake Phelps.

Red wolves are designated as an endangered species and are federally protected. The fine for killing an endangered species is $100,000 and up to a year in jail.

In North Carolina, there are an estimated 100 red wolves in the wild. It's the only wild red wolf population in the world. However, the visual similarities between the coyote and the red wolf are often cited as the reason so many are shot.