I’ll never forget staring into the eyes of a big male Mexican gray wolf.
Its piercing eyes reflected a wild lineage that roamed the Southwest until the white man moved in with guns, traps and poison.
This was early in my career and the animal resided at a captive breeding facility where remnants of the highly endangered subspecies were being bred for release into the wild.
I shot tons of photos but they were lost in Hurricane flood damage-along with many others.
Since that time there have been numerous releases in New Mexico and even pups born in the wild there.
So, when Jaclyn Booth sent me this photo I took notice because the animal looked very much like the wolves I had seen at the facility so many years ago.
The photo came through my “The Wildlife Journalist” Facebook and had no information on where it came from.
My thought was “Wow, that’s a gray wolf, probably a Mexican gray wolf.”
I messaged her to find out what state the photo came from and when she said it came from her ranch in Hall County, TX I was in shock.
The photo below is a coyote from the same ranch and in fact at different angles of the same log. Compare this coyote and the canid in the above photo.
Now compare with this one of a Mexican gray wolf taken at the Alameda Park Zoo below. Notice the extreme likeness.