Endangered Mexican gray wolf death prompts investigation
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Endangered Mexican gray wolf death prompts investigation

Endangered Mexican gray wolf death prompts investigation

In this Jan. 30, 2020 image provided by Zach Bryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Maggie Dwire carries a Mexican gray wolf from a helicopter after it was captured near Reserve, New Mexico, during an annual survey of the endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of a latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are investigating the death of an endangered Mexican gray wolf found last month in Arizona.

Officials with the wolf recovery team announced the death Thursday but didn't provide any details about how the male pup might have died or exactly where it was found.

The latest death follows three others that were reported in January. Those were also in Arizona.

Once common throughout the Southwest United States and northern Mexico, the Mexican gray wolf is now the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Mexican wolves have faced a difficult road to recovery that has been complicated by politics, legal battles and conflicts with livestock.

The results of the latest annual survey were released earlier this week, showing there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. That represents a nearly 25% increase in the population over the previous year.

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