The Mexican Gray Wolf

Canis lupus baileyi - The Mexican Gray Wolf

The Mexican gray wolf is an endangered species of wolf that used to be native to Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico, and Texas. It is always in danger of greedy capitalist ranchers who presume that their income from beef consumption is more important than is the lives of creatures that inhabited the lands they own far before European savages were discovered here in the new world by the Native Americans. I love beef as well as the next Texan does; but it seems the local ecosystem's health ought to always be a major consideration alongside business considerations. The typical cattle rancher isn't qualified to preside over matters of ecology. The very same cattle ranchers complain now about the property damage sustained by excessive wild hog populations. Where did hog over populations come from? Well, had the predators that kept such populations in check not been eradicated, they'd not have the problems with the hogs. Besides the hogs, we've got complaints of white tail deer over-populations here in Texas. The hunters aren't complaining, that's more for the hunting; but you don't have to think very hard to see why it is these things have occurred.

Between twenty seven thousand and forty thousand years ago the hunter gatherers started the domestication of wolves who'd get at the carcass remains the hunters left behind, over thousands of years, this produced dogs. As dogs are so often referred to as man's best friends, it would seem a bit more appreciation of wolves would be in order. It is absolute fact that wolf attacks on humans are exceedingly rare. Wolves killing humans are so much more rare than dogs killing humans that one wonders why a wolf would ever be trapped and/or shot.

A Mexican Gray Wolf

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Is The Mexican Gray Wolf A Threat To Livestock?

Mexican gray wolves do not naturally hunt, kill, and feed on livestock. Mexican Gray Wolves only began feeding on livestock when deer, rabbits, and other small rodents were hunted or driven out of their natural habitat. Mexican gray wolves have to eat, and unlike humans - Mexican gray wolves were designed and built to eat meat almost exclusively.

In pre-Columbian America the natives revered the wolves, as they did all nature. It was only the Europeans who feared and hated the wolves, and they brought that with them across the ocean. As a pretty typical white guy myself I recognize the value of technological superiority; but our general sense of superiority in these matters has blinded us to the realities of the natural world. Killing wolves for fear of loss of revenue is the same sort of stupid as is a single man or woman driving everywhere in a large truck, alone, burning up the fossil fuels. Good planets are hard to find, of course, and our planet evolved the wolves to fulfill a need, and the need has not gone from here, only the most of the wolves.

The Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolves - The Smallest Sub Species Of Gray Wolves

The Mexican gray wolf is the smallest of the sub species of Canus lupus, the gray wolves. An adult Mexican gray wolf typically measures about five and one half feet in length from the end of it's extended tail to the tip of the wolf's nose; and they usually weigh anywhere between sixty to ninety pounds - and are roughly equivalent in size to a adult male German shepherd dog. These animals are only slightly larger than the also endangered red wolves. With both wolves and coyotes in the US and Mexico, there are few specimens or individuals who're one hundred percent pure. Most coyotes show wolf genetics and most Mexican greys and red wolves show traces of unique coyote genetics.

The colors in the coat of the Mexican gray wolves are entirely distinctive and unique to the sub species Canis lupus baileyi Their coats are typically a mix of white, black, gray, and rust colors.

Among the very favorite prey of this apex predator are the white tailed deer, the mule deer, various species of rabbits and ground squirrels. Again, these creatures would rather not attack cattle, as cattle tend to be a bit above the size range of these lovely creatures.

Red wolf, NOT a Mexican grey wolf

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The Behavior Of Mexican Gray Wolves

Mexican Gray Wolves live in packs and every member must see to it that the other members are cared for. You could say that Mexican Gray Wolves are a bunch of communal living hippie dogs if you wished - but leave the free love thing out. Typically, there is an Alpha Male and an Alpha Female - and typically only those two mate and reproduce, and the effect of this is that because only the strongest reproduce, the pack is continually stocked with the strongest possible genetics. Of course lone wolves are typical wolf behavior, but at present there are probably not enough Mexican greys in total for there to be any lone wolves.

Wolves generally mate between around the middle of February until the middle of March. Gestation is around two months, and so sometime around April or May, two to eight wolf pups will be born, and every member of the pack will care for them. It takes a whole village.

A Mexican Gray Wolf Pup

Save The Mexican Gray Wolves

The Mexican Gray Wolf is still a very endangered sub species of The Gray Wolves despite reintroduction and conservation efforts. Ill educated ranchers are still killing them, and over producing meat in hopes of forever getting richer, no regard for the ecosystem they are so blessed to live within. It is up to each and every one of us to take a moment and honor the lives of the creatures that we share this world with. Why is it that we deem our lives more worthy than theirs when all we do is use up, destroy, murder, and seek infinite and increasing amounts of pleasure?

There is an active petition below, I'd appreciate it were the reader to sign it. Thanks.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Wes!

It is sad and disgusting that these beautiful animals are an endangered species.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you Sue Swan!!!!

I think so - I hear that in some states it's common to see bumper stickers that say things like, "Save A Rancher - Shoot A Wolf."

I'm completely disgusted by that.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That was everything that I like in a hub Wesman.

Your passion for the subject shines through every word. It's a pity that we can't give guns to the wolves to shoot a few ranchers. They would be doing us all a favour then.

Thank you.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank YOU Chris!!!! I've seen exactly one wolf in the wild, and it was only two or three miles from where I'm sitting.

LOTS of coyotes around here - and some of those have been bred up, naturally, with the small Red Wolves - but I at least *believe* that I did see a wolf, but I've no idea what kind that it was.

There ARE Lone Wolves, of course - that phrase didn't come out of nowhere - it's pretty damned sad to be a Lone Wolf, I'd imagine, but those are the ones that will mate with the coyotes, but they have no pack, and are sort of forced to live off of smaller things like rabbits and mice - but those are all plentiful.

What's truly plentiful are coyotes. Sometimes I can just walk outside and it will sound like there are hundreds of them. You HEAR them - but you almost NEVER see them.

Coyotes are nice and all - but their behavior is not quite so nobles as that of the wolves. Coyotes HAVE and WILL kill human children - and that happens more often than people think that it does. Wolves have NEVER in the recorded history of North America attacked a human unless they were rabid.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

I am sure wesman and i can proudly appoint you to federal agency president to find solutions for the endangered species. As usual your passion in writing the subjects with care exmplified.

voted upa nd useful


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very VERY much VENZKHVAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I'd take a job like that! Definiitely!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wesman, damn I'll sign reluctantly mind you. I am stone cold against any more laws on the books. On the other hand I'm stone cold against shooting animals rather than trap and relocating them to national parks to live in peace and damn the visitors. They need to learn that there are dangers in the wilds. Don't like it? Camp at the city park. I refuse to let park rangers know the hide out of a big cat. They want to shoot him for the safety of visitors, I feed him.

Great hub, dust


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

THANK YOU DUSTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I keep reading that there's never been a case of a wolf attacking a human unless said wolf were rabid. I assume that that's the truth, as I've seen actual biologist, etc - be the ones to say it - rather than the yahoos, that are typically sort of dumb and into fear more than science or anything :-\

I do have to admit being a big scared myself of the big cats - but that's only because I'm fond of riding a bicycle down country roads late at night!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wesman, a zip lock full of raw liberal and the cat will know how to open it, just drop a little bit of Krugman and keep the cats away, Ha!

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Evelyn Anne 5 years ago

Beautiful animals who share our earth. We talk about being good to the earth; let's be good to the animals who inhabit it! I love the mentality of the pack, especially the way the entire group rears the pups. Loved it and voted up, etc.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I remember studying in university about how sheep herders got wolves to not eat their sheep without killing the wolves. They killed some of the sheep and injected the dead animals with a substance that make the wolves ill. Then they wait for the wolves to come get the sheep. The wolves vomit and remember that sheep make them sick. Then they leave the sheep alone. No wolves needed to be shot.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

They exterminated the wolves in the Limousin, France, around 1926 (or 56 depending where you read) and now, of course, they have the problem of controlling the deer population. There's a wolf sanctuary here in Limousin and I must admit, they do look and sound a bit scary! Interesting article.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks Mom :-D


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

That's pretty interesting Flora!!!! I wonder why I never hear of such things being used.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Les Trois Chenes - It's terrible to exterminate a distinct breed of creature. What always happens is that things are thrown well out of balance by that sort of thing.

I'm going to study up on European Wolves - I think they're a slight bit different, but related, of course.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

The method is used in humans to keep chemo patients from avoiding food completely. They are giving a specific flavour of ice cream. when the chemo makes them feel sick, they associate the sickness with that ice cream only and continue to eat other food. That's waht gave the farmers the idea.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wes - this is awesome!! What a beautiful animal indeed! Mind you I'm biased anyway - the wolf - of any kind - is one of my favourite animals, so anything I can do, I will do to help protect them from the greed and viciousness of some of our species!

The UK many centuries ago (medieval times and onwards), had many animals such as the wolf, bear and so on but were hunted to extinction because of fun! In other words they were hunted not because of their meat, nor because people were hungry, but because it was deemed fun and fashonable to kill wild animals! (Prior to this the Celtic tribes had lived in harmony with the wildlife for thousands of years and only took what they needed to survive). So anything I can do to ensure that this doesn't happen elsewhere I will do, including signing any petitions.

I agree 100% with 50 Caliber about re-location and the fact that visitors have to take their chances in any wildlife areas! I mean where do these people think they are?

I loved this hub and the photos are stunning! Voted up + awesome!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much Seeker 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are there no more wolves at all in the U.K.? I knew that there weren't any anymore in France - or at least not the kind that used to be there - those were hunted to extinction.

Also, that the U.K. once had bears is something I didn't know!

Yes, the Celts most certainly had a lot of wisdom that has been mostly lost.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

I don't know what the difference is between the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Timber Wolf but our Timber Wolves are coming back in this area. My husband works at potato farm and just last week someone saw two black and one gray wolf standing by the green houses.

Good hub.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey moonlake, when someone says "timber wolf" - all they really mean is Gray Wolf.

They Mexican Gray Wolf is a Gray Wolf - but it's a smaller species or sub species that has adapted to live in a different sort of environment. The Timber Wolf is the Just the Common Gray Wolf.

http://www.firstpeople.us/pictures/wolves/1024x768...


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Wes,

There are certainly no wild wolves in the UK. However there are many wildlife sanctuaries - some open to the public - where you can see wolves. They are actually quite spacious and the wolves can live life as near to 'natural' as possible. One of the best pro wolf groups is Wolf Watch UK. Most of the wolves are Gray wolves - some re-located from North America - and other species are from Europe. There has been talk of releasing wolves back into the wild in Scotland, but this has met a few objections - from the usual quarters. Having said that, at least at this moment in time, the wolves are far safer within the boundaries of the wildlife parks. There is still far too much ignorance and scare mongering among the powers that be, that has put the public on their guard. Althoug there is one member of the Scottish Aristocracy who owns a few castles and loads of land who says that he will, when the time is right for the wolves, release them onto his land - without boundaries. But the conservation groups have asked him to hold back with this.

Sure, the UK had quite a few species native to her. One Roman historian also claimed that because the UK was an island, cut off from the European mainland, the wild animals - especially the wolf, bear and wild boar - had grown to very large sizes. Whether or not this is true I have no idea.LOL!!

Yes the Celts were wise folks indeed and I have a lot of respect for them. It's a pity that a lot of their way of life was lost due to the passing of time, although they could be a blood thirsty lot when there was fighting to be done!

Anyway, I think your wonderful hub will go a long way to helping these beautiful animals - long live the wolf!! And again many thanks for sharing!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

No - THANK YOU!

After your last comment I did do some looking around, and though it might be somewhat improper for me to write about the United Kingdom, I found some interesting things, and some other interesting subjects closer to home that I intend to explore soon!

It's always great to read your comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Wes,

I look forward to reading more of your articles - they are always fascinating!!!

I don't think it's 'improper' at all to write about the UK. If you have an idea for a hub, go for it!! I often use research from other countries - including the USA and Canada - especially for subjects like the paranormal, nature and so on.

As I said, I look forward to reading more of your hubs soon!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Wes, I adore wolves of any kind and the thought of their death for the sake of money makes me cringe. I really enjoyed reading about such a wonderful beast! You always offer the best information and a detailed look at topics. Thanks for sharing the Gray Wolf's struggle with us today.

Cheers~

K9


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much Seeker 7! I need to get busy on some that I've got started. I've been in a bit of an unproductive state lately.

Thank you K9Keystrokes!!!!! I don't know if you've heard of it, but there is an anti wolf group that is called "Lobo Watch" - just for fun, I put my wolf hubs on their facebook page's wall!!!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wesman, your getting like me and we can't have that! I'm the slow guy! and can't have competition with that! I'll have to send you all of my starts and let you finish them! LOL dust


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

I think it would be good if I deleted my facebook account - it's a huge waste of my time.

It's probably not truly a "good" idea for me to do that - I wish I could lock myself out of it sometimes though!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wesman, in the past I have gotten 6 way conversations going on Facebook and looked up to see 6 hours gone before I realized I was having that much fun. No complaints it was fun but I now just skip in and out or I'd find every day gone and my ass would ache from sitting LOL, dust


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

I hear that!

I've been letting folks get to me on facefail - bad protocol that. I've got to cut way back on that site, and my butt does often hurt from sitting too much.

Hell, it's likely to be a hundred degrees again today - too dang hot to take a bike ride, maybe this evening I'll do that.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

It's clear and headed for 100 plus again today but they say clouds and maybe rain at mid 90s for the weekend I hope we get a good slow drizzle for a day or two. I'm ready to take the old 52 Harley out and noodle my way across the sand to the hard pack then head for asphalt for a day would be fun rain or not at 95 degrees it would be great!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Sounds like fun Dusty!!! Just be safe, Sir!


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

One great hub! You get right to heart of the matter and tell the truth about this wonderful animal. I have always had a warm spot for wolves and have written some about the mythology of werewolves in some of my hubs. I even had a house mate that had two wolves until he had to put them to sleep. I also learned something here, for I thought the Mexican Gray Wolf was indeed extinct!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much highvoltagewriter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wolf mythology is very interesting - especially in regards to the Native Americans.

Now there used to be a Mexican Grizzly Bear - but no one has seen one of those since the 1960's, so that one is presumed extinct.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Okay, but all the time I have travelled though Mexico I have never heard of people speaking of wolves. Jaguars have been spotted even in Texas as recent as 1990. I also did not know that the Mexican Grizzly has been spotted as recent as 1960, for the California Grizzly has been extinct for quite awhile. I am familiar with Navajo, Mayan and Toltec shape-shifters, do you have any knowledge of other tribes that had strong believes in shape-shifting, especially in Mexico?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Now we have Mountain Lions or Cougars around here - but Jaguars??

I'd love to hear that we have Jaguars in Tejas - except that I'm also fond of riding my Mountain Bike at night! ha!

So far as shape shifters go - no, I don't know - but I'm EXTREMELY interested in learning about that!

There are a lot of folks that do believe in the Chupacabra though

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra


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Hollie Thomas 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I loved this hub WTS, will man never learn their lesson. What beautiful animals they do indeed need to be protected.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much Hollie!

Yep - the "everything is about money" ideas can't last.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Hello, Wesman, I am back after doing some research about Jaguar sittings and it appears that the last confirmed sighting was in Arizona in 2005, an yet there are those who believe that the big cat still survives in Texas and her is a link...http://forum.fishgame.com/blog.php?b=158 I will do some more checking and get back to you!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

That's AWESOME! I'd love it to think there were Jaguars around here - I believe that Jaguars are pound for pound the strongest cats on Earth. They can kill something that weighs more than it does, and then climb up a tree with a deer or something in their mouths - and eat it up in a tree without having to defend their kill.

amazing.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Yes they are wonderful cats...here is another report..http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1169/is_n4_... so there is still a CHANCE that a few remain!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

That's an excellent article! I've been planning to make a hub about cougars for a while; but you've about convinced me that I should probably do one about jaguars too.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Go Jaguars! That would be great! By the way, have you read any of my "We who Hunt Werewolves hubs yet? I would love some feed back!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey, I'm reading the first one now. I'll send you a private e mail.


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gconeyhiden 5 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

hi, thank you for the great piece. I was for the reintroduction of wolves into yellowstone years ago. a guy who lives out west and didn't seem big wolf lover admitted to me they have beneficial effects on the ecosystem and help bring streams back to life by limiting the grazing thereby lowering the water temps. cattle ranchers want it both ways. they want to stiffle all negative press..ala opray winfrey at the same time they want all yellowstone bison shot w.o any scientific connection to brucellosis transmission. give me a break and give the wolves a break. eat more chicken and bypass the steak. I signed one of the petitions. long live el lobo. a big thumbs up!!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey thanks gconeyhiden!!!

Absolutely, and if you follow what's going on in Montana, it's even worse there. Most of those people seem to know ....absolutely nothing about an ecosystem, nor do they even pretend to care. Just buy my Montana cattle and kill wolves....seems to be their creed.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a great hub about a wonderful animal! Thank you for publicizing the problems that the Mexican Gray Wolf is experiencing.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you, AliciaC!!!

I've always loved wolves. Where I live you can hear hundreds of coyotes at a time in full surround sound howling in the evenings.

I've seen what had to have been one wild wolf - and I think it was a Red Wolf. It was just way too big to be a coyote.

There's also a man not too far from here who raises wolves; and so I wondered if maybe it was a Gray Wolf of his that had got away. It's always exciting to me to even see a coyote. Those creatures can be all around you here and you still won't hardly ever see one.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I love the photos - especially the second last one, with the little guy. : )

Thanks for writing this and raising awareness on this issue. I appreciate it. All the best!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

THANKS MR. HAPPY!!!!!!

I Intend to get around to writing about those BEAUTIFUL Arctic wolves you got up there North of you! I'd imagine not far from where you sit there are Gray Wolves out there.

These Mexican Gray Wolves are a bit smaller, and obviously, adapted to the HEAT down South and West of my region of Texas.

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