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Sierra Evening - Mexican Wolf By Robert Bateman

By Robert Bateman

Sierra Evening - Mexican Wolf by Robert Bateman

The American Southwest is a region a stark mountains, arid grasslands and vast deserts, yet it harbors an amazing variety of plants and animals. Unfortunately, among the animals we can no longer find the Mexican wolf, el lobo, the smallest wolf subspecies, which formerly flourished from the southwestern United States to southern Mexico. As cattle ranching expanded, the Mexican wolf declined, poisoned or shot as a threat to livestock. Although a few wild members of this vanishing race may still survive in remote parts of Mexico, there have been no recent sightings. The survival of this subspecies will therefore depend on the successful release of captive-bred wolves into safe wilderness.

"The smallest and one of the most beautiful varieties of timber wolf is the Mexican wolf or Lobos. For a species in a warm, dry climate, its fur is surprisingly luxuriant with rich, tawny colors set against cream and black. It is also, regrettably, extinct in the wild. Formerly it ranged from New Mexico and Arizona into Texas and down across the central plateau of Mexico.

Luckily, a small breeding stock remains in various locations in captivity. It is important that captive breeding and reintroduction into the wild be given wholehearted support. Any ecosystem is incomplete without the dominant predators at the top of the food chain. The wonderful bits of remaining rugged wilderness need to resound with the call of the wolf. Their numbers will never be large, but the picture will not be complete without the wolf. In this painting, I have shown a fleeting glimpse of a handsome male as he is about to vanish behind a Live Oak into the evening shadow. Let us hope that we can put his species back into the picture of our vanishing wilderness. ~ Robert Bateman

Sierra Evening - Mexican Wolf by Robert Bateman is available as a signed and numbered limited edition print with a 19-3/8 x 30-1/4 image size priced at $235. Order yours today. All artwork is professionally boxed and insured and guaranteed to arrive in mint condition.

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