16×24 original pastel on suede painting custom-framed with non-reflective glass. (Private Collection)
About Mexican Wolves
Mexican wolves are the rarest species of wolf in North America. They are a subspecies of the gray wolf, or timberwolf, with the most obvious distinctions being the longer ears, rounder heads, and shorter tails.
They traditionally ranged throughout the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The surge of human population that accompanied white settlement and development of the region led to the decline of the wolves’ natural prey populations. When the wolves turned to livestock as a food source, they were essentially hunted down to the point of extinction. By 1950, none were known to exist in the wild.
Today, about 300 of these wolves live in captivity. Despite recent attempts to reintroduce them into the wild, they remain a highly endangered species.
About the Picture
Credit goes to April King for the original photo, Mexican Wolf Lounging. The digital work was published under a Creative Commons “Share Alike” license.