Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

New Mexico

This Jan. 30, 2020 image shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of the latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

TUCSON, Ariz. (Arizona Daily Star) — An ongoing analysis by an environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves.

The results of the investigations are used to compensate ranchers and target problem wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.

The Idaho-based group Western Watersheds Project has documented significant oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from 2019.

The group’s deputy director tells the Arizona Daily Star that numerous cases were confirmed wolf kills based just on “logical leaps” and what she described as a stunning lack of evidence.

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