Death of wolf in NM appears accidental
ALBUQUERQUE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a Mexican gray wolf found dead in southwestern New Mexico in October probably died of an intestinal rupture.
A preliminary report says the female wolf from the Morgart pack ingested a plastic ear tag commonly used on domestic cattle and that a rupture in the small intestines likely killed the animal.
I’m going to try to carefully explain why this made me laugh.
Wolf reintroduction in AZ and NM, like predator reintroduction in most other places, is controversial. Ranchers are opposed because they lose livestock to the wolves. Environmentalists blame the ranchers (rightly, in many cases I’m afraid) for killing wolves. This case makes it look like ranchers got accidental justice for a wolf that ate a cow. Either that, or they have a new tactic…