So when the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services assigned blame to a pack of Mexican wolves, the Diamond pack, after investigating several dead cows on ranchers' land on August 2 — and determining that one was killed by wolves, another might have been and the third had died of "natural causes" — people advocating for protecting the critically endangered wolves were shocked that lethal action on the pack would be permitted.
Especially since, as some people point out, leaving carcasses of dead cows on the land only attracts predators, like the Mexican wolves.
"Scavenging is known to habituate wolves to prey on livestock," Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), explained. While ranchers are reimbursed for their livestock losses, there is no requirement for livestock owners to remove livestock carcasses on public lands in this region, according to Howell.
"The wild Mexican wolf population is designated as experimental, 'non-essential,'" Howell told The Dodo. "This fails to give them additional protections necessary to their survival by allowing industry and recreation to take precedence over recovery."