Wolf #527

Mexican Gray Wolf

527 was a wolf that marched to the beat of a very different drummer.

As a yearling, 527 left the Druids to join the Slough pack — where she quickly became the beta (second-in-command) female. Then in 2007, she and a male wolf set off to found their own pack — the Cottonwood Creek pack — where she became the alpha (first-in-command) female.

As a leader of the Cottonwood pack, 527 was known to be a master of survival strategies. While four other packs that inhabited the same area suffered dismal fates, her pack thrived. As her biographer recounts, “She was a genius wolf in her tactics. Strategy was her game and she was a master at it. She would return to feed her pups in the dark of night because she would not take the risk of crossing the road.”

But in the end, despite 527’s “unbelievable survival strategies,” this resilient wolf “was not able to out think a rifle” and was killed on October 3 when Montana unleashed its first public wolf hunt in modern times.

Since the public hunts began, 156 wolves in the Northern Rockies have met 527’s fate. And over the next year, more than 500 wolves could be shot to death by hunters and government agents … reducing the region’s wolf population by a staggering 40 percent!

But the story doesn’t have to end as sadly as 527’s life — if everyone who cares about wolves speaks out against this carnage now. Help save these courageous animals!

5 thoughts on “Wolf #527

  1. Canis lupus IS an endangered species, no matter if the Senate of Utah declared last Wednesday open season for hunting wolfs. There is no other animal that has enriched the traditions of the nations of the world, as the wolf has.

    It’s a symbol of strength and freedom, haunting with its presence the legends for thousand years.

    The first wolf appeared in North America 54 million years ago. Today, there is no “bad” wolf, but only an endangered and vulnerable animal.

    I love this photograph.
    It’s quite strange to think that a photograph by itself can narrate the whole story of a wolf, without a written word. It’s what we say “one picture can be thousand words”.

    Three-dimensional sense, strong colours, very live picture.
    Which camera did you use?

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  2. It is true. They are one of the most maligned creatures on the planet and for no good reason. All the hatred is based on myth, not scientific fact. I have spent a lot of time and money in an effort to protect these majestic animals and I will never give up the fight.

    I’m glad you love my photograph of a Mexican Gray Wolf which is very special to me. I feel it conveys the allusiveness of these great animals. It was taken in the desert Southwest of Tucson, AZ. It was a heavily wooded area so I could hear the wolves, but not see them. Knowing how allusive wolves are, I decided to sit down, keep quiet, and wait it out with camera ready. Two to three hours had elapsed when the alpha male appeared, his curiosity getting the best of him. He did not face me, but instead used his peripheral vision to check me out. I clicked the shutter and he was off like a rocket.

    The lens was a Nikkor 2.8D-ED 80-200 zoom The aperture was f/2.8 and the focal length was 200 mm.


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