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Catalog Number X1952.01.01
Title WOLFER, THE
Object Name Drawing
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-13.75 W-10.25 inches
Medium Pen and Ink/Paper
Date 1901
Notes As cattle and sheep ranchers moved onto the Great Plains, they brought with them a deeply held antipathy toward wolves. Consequently, the rise of the livestock industry during the second half of the nineteenth century was accompanied by a systematic effort to eradicate wolves from the American West. Wolf hunters-or "wolfers"-received a bounty for each animal they killed, as evidenced by the number of pelts or animal parts they turned in to the appropriate officials. In the first decades of twentieth century the federal government also implemented programs aimed at the full-scale extermination of the once-ubiquitous predator. Although hunters also trapped and shot wolves, as illustrated in the vignette, the most common method they employed was baiting animal carcasses with strychnine and other poisons.
Search Terms Wolf
Hunting
Western Types
Art