Mexican wolf kills rise sharply

As Mexican wolf numbers rise, so do the numbers of livestock they kill. ©Jim Clark/USFWS

The number of cows and calves killed by Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) is rising dramatically this year. Federal reports show the wolves were blamed for the deaths of 88 domestic animals in New Mexico and Arizona in the first four months of the year. “That’s on pace to surpass the nearly 100 livestock kills confirmed in all of 2018 and significantly more than has been recorded over the same four-month period in any year since the predators were reintroduced in 1998,” the Associated Press reports. The growing number of kills follows an increasing number of the predators on the landscape.

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