50-year-old Gomez, who managed a reserve of orange and black butterflies, was missing since January 14. His body was found at the bottom of a well in the state of Michoacan, a place where the butterflies overwinter. Various criminal organizations are active in Michoacan.
“The body was transferred to the forensic service for an autopsy,” the service said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known, but according to other environmentalists in the region, Gomez’s death can be linked to his position against the timber traders.
Butterflies from Canada
After a tiring journey of more than 4,000 kilometers from Canada, monarch butterflies land in clusters on tree trunks in the mountainous area in Michoacan, among others.
The colorful butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is threatened by deforestation and the use of herbicide that robs the species of the only plant in which it lays its eggs and with which its larvae feed.