SILVER CITY, N.M. &

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has sent the remains of a "wolf-like canine" to its national forensics laboratory in Oregon to determine what killed the animal and whether it was an endangered Mexican gray wolf.




Victoria Fox, a spokeswoman for the agency in Albuquerque, said the remains were found Wednesday in the Gila National Forest and were sent to Ashland for a necropsy &

the animal equivalent of a human autopsy. Tests also will determine how long the animal had been dead, she said.




Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating.




Killing a Mexican gray wolf is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and is punishable by criminal fines of up to $50,000 and-or up to a year in jail, plus a civil penalty of up to $25,000.




Fish and Wildlife offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for the shooting deaths of Mexican gray wolves.