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Record Number of Mexican Wolves Found Dead in 2018

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:44 PM by chloe owens

12/14/2018, by Maddy Hayden, Albuquerque Journal

Record number of Mexican wolves found dead in 2018

…the number of wolves found dead this year to 17, the highest number of deaths since the critically endangered subspecies of gray wolf was reintroduced to the wild in 1998…The causes of death for the wolves this year have not yet been released, but past Fish and Wildlife Service data indicate that 55 percent of the animals found dead in previous years were illegally killed. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said it’s likely some of those that died this year were killed illegally, and he is hopeful the Fish and Wildlife Service will more aggressively pursue and prosecute the perpetrators. “We have these ungodly numbers of illegal wolf killings and a minuscule number of convictions,” Robinson said. Killing a Mexican wolf can result in criminal penalties of up to $50,000 and jail time…While a normal calf crop is around 80-90 percent, Cowan said she’s heard reports of 21 percent calf crops in wolf-inhabited areas.