Center Plant Conservation Org
As settlers moved west, ecosystems began to shrink as people moved onto lands occupied by wildlife. No one cared about wildlife conservation in the 1800's until a special gray wolf touched the heart of a unique man. From a battle of wits grew an awareness of a need for wildlife conservation that slowly changed America's view of wildlife. This is a true story of how a gray wolf changed a man and America forever. Lobo was the alpha male of the Currumpaw wolf pack, the last remaining gray wolf pack in northern New Mexico. Ernest Thompson Seton, a wolf expert,
had been hired by local ranchers in a town called Clayton to hunt down Lobo and kill him by any means necessary. In October of 1893 Ernest Seton rode into town expecting the job to take only a few weeks. By the time he arrived, most of the wolves had already been killed.
Cattle ranches were taking over land, forcing the gray wolf to turn to other food sources as their natural prey became scarce. Buffalo had been the wolf's food supply, but man, not caring about wildlife conservation, hunted buffalo almost to the point of extinction. To survive, wolf packs turned to easy prey in the growing herds of cattle.