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Wildlife Managers Report Decline In Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Population

Mexican gray wolf
(Photo by Jim Clark - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Mexican gray wolf.

The Mexican gray wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico is down.

At the end of 2015, state and federal field teams reported there were roughly 97 of the endangered animals living in the wild. That’s down from 110 at the end of 2014.

"Although we’ve experienced some mortality both with the pups and adults we still have 97 on the ground. And with that 97 overall we’re still on a positive trajectory for Mexican wolf recovery." said Jim Devos, the assistant director for wildlife management at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Devos added it's hard to know if this drop was an anomaly or just normal annual variation.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.