Wolf killed by cyanide trap meant for coyotes

100-pound wolf was a member of the Shamrock Pack

This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014 and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the wolf OR7 in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7 (AP)
This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014 and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the wolf OR7 in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7 (AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Officials say a gray wolf was unintentionally killed in rural northeast Oregon by a cyanide device used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the USDA acknowledged the Sunday killing in a news release.

The male, 100-pound wolf was a member of the Shamrock Pack and believed to be less than 2 years old.

The federal government’s Wildlife Services division was using a cyanide device known as an M-44 to kill coyotes and “prevent coyote-livestock conflict” on the private property in Wallowa County.

The often-questioned tool is a spring-activated device that is typically smeared with bait and shoots poison into the animal’s mouth when it tugs on the trap.

Federal officials are reviewing the death.