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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