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Oregon State Police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have released an update on the possible wolf killing in Union County.

The agencies are still working on genetic tests to confirm whether the dead animal found in mid-March is really a wolf and therefore protected by the state Endangered Species Act.

Wednesday's press release says that a necropsy confirmed the animal died as a result of a criminal act.

The agencies are not releasing the actual cause of death. But they are asking the public to help with any tips.

Michelle Dennehy of ODFW said the agencies are still testing the remains to rule out the animal being a hybrid wolf or a pet wolf.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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