ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf as wildlife managers prepare for an annual survey of the endangered species along the Arizona-New Mexico border.
Officials with the wolf recovery effort announced Tuesday that a female wolf was found dead in December in Arizona. They declined to release more information, saying the case is still under investigation.
For 2017, there were a total of 12 documented wolf deaths and one removal of a wolf from the wild that resulted in its death.
According to the most recent count, there are at least 113 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
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Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say a new survey of the population will begin next Monday. The effort will take two weeks.