Elk NetworkMexican Wolf Depredations on the Rise

General | May 31, 2019

The latest joint report issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department shows a significant increase in livestock depredation by Mexican wolves.

The report states that during April 2019, there were 37 confirmed wolf depredation incidents on livestock as compared to 40 such incidents in the previous three months combined.

The end of year census for 2018 shows there are a minimum of 131 Mexican wolves in the wild (64 in Arizona and 67 in New Mexico) which marks a 12 percent increase in the population from a minimum of 117 wolves counted at the end of 2017.

(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)