The world's rarest canid just got a little rarer with the illegal killing of two red wolves in North Carolina last month. Efforts are being made to track down the perpetrators, as detailed in the article. Red wolves aren't numerous enough to cause damage to human economic interests, and they live in only a few protected areas. There is no justification for this kind of crime - an animal that poses no threat to man, one that is of no value to him dead, and one that so many people have tried so hard to nurse back from the edge of extinction.
Hopefully the criminals behind this will be caught and punished as severely as is legally possible (including, I would hope, bankrupting the bastards and funneling whatever resources they have towards red wolf conservation). We almost lost this species once. We can't let that happen again.