Mexican Wolf

16×24 original pastel on suede painting custom-framed with non-reflective glass. (Private Collection)

"Mexican Wolf" 16x24 Original Pastel on Suede (Private Collection)
“Mexican Wolf” 16×24 Original Pastel on Suede (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.

Published by Jessica Farnsworth

I am a freelance artist specializing in pastels and charcoal/graphite. I am fascinated by history and world cultures and particularly indigenous peoples. My interests include wildlife ecology, environmental issues & sustainability, journalism, web design, photography & music. in historical portraits of American Indians. I blog about the portrayal and influence of Native Americans in art, history, and the media.