The U.S. Geological Survey report found that trapping, both by wildlife managers and others, accounted for less 4% of wolf fatalities since the effort to reintroduce the animals began in 1998.
Of 13 documented trapping incidents in New Mexico involving trappers other than those working for the wolf recovery effort, two wolves died as a result of their injuries
There have been 78 wolf deaths documented since the reintroduction effort began.
Environmentalists were critical of state game commissioners' recent decision to lift a trapping ban since the study had not been released to the public before Monday.
WildEarth Guardians says "The fact that two wolves died in traps was enough to make our jaws drop."