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|A Mexican Gray Wolf, hiding behind a clump of grass (focus through technique) at Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA, taken last summer. |
This is a Gray Wolf, one of the best known species of wolves that still inhabits the Northern Hemisphere. The Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the only wolf indigenous to Southwestern Deserts of North America. Gray Wolves once ranged through all of North America from the Arctic Circle to central Mexico. But because of human intrusion and habitat destruction, its range has now considerably shrunk. They are now found primarily in Canada and Minnesota but they were reintroduced to the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1995.
Mexican Gray Wolves are the rarest subspecies of Gray Wolves in North America, and also one of the smallest. They used to range from central Mexico to western Texas, southern New Mexico and central Arizona in the Sonoran and Chihuahan deserts. By the the turn of the century, reduction of natural prey like deer and elk caused many wolves to begin attacking domestic livestock, which led to intensive efforts by government agencies and individuals to eradicate the Mexican Wolf until they were gone in the wild in the 1950s, so much so that by 1976 they were declared as endangered until now. About 200 Mexican Wolves survive in zoos and an effort to re-establish them in the wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico is currently being undertaken.
Much of this information came from DesertUSA.
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- [2005-03-09 14:47]
This wolf doesn't look as well fed and fluffy like the wolves shown from Europe (and those in zoos)! This fellow has to hunt for his food! He's 'real'. Thanks Ken for showing him. It is a great shot - he's looking at you warily, and no doubt hoping you've got some food for him. You've captured the expressions in his eyes so well. I feel quite sorry looking at him. Good job!
Very nice! I hope you were far enough away when you took this picture! Nicely captured!
He's beautiful, looks like a dog but I'm sure he's quite dangerous. Very nice capture well done.
- [2005-03-10 8:51]
Very very nice portrait.
Nice shot, but the bright traces in front are distracting.