Lobo, Wolves & Wildlife Conservation
The story of Lobo (ca.1889-1894), the Wolf Who Changed America, and related topics
Untangling the Past When Seton arrived in New Mexico in 1893, decades of hunting had decimated the previously abundant wildlife. Wolves had hunted animals from bison to pronghorn antelope. But by then predators preyed upon cattle, the only large animals remaining....read more
Part I Seton had planned to spend the winter of 1893-1894 at his home in Toronto, and with luck, in New York as well. His professional future as an illustrator (and later, as a writer) resided in the American city. His manic work schedule, however, resulted in severe...read more
First introduced as a long form story in 1894, “Lobo, the King of Currumpaw,” became a star because of Seton’s 1898 book, Wild Animals I Have Known. Lobo’s story has resonated ever since, re-issued many times. It has also been re-imagined. British illustrator William...read more
The “Lobo” story (as it is often called) is a quintessential American tale. It captures the grandeur and tragedy of the American West. Ernest Thompson Seton’s account of hunting and environmental ethics was first published in the November 1894 issue of Scribner’s...read more
Dear Lobo, This is my annual letter to my favorite wolf, my Letter to Lobo, Year 124 EE. Lobo, the great gray wolf of Union County. Lobo, the wolf who changed Seton from wolf killer to wolf protector. Lobo, The Wolf that Changed America, as stated in the title of the...read more
Dear Lobo, I have been writing these to you yearly, expressing appreciation for all your work in the world, even dating a new historical era from the date of your death, now that BC, AD, CE, etc. seem irrelevant. January 31 of the Environmental Era is a special day...read more
According to Julian/Gregorian calendar reckoning, we have entered the 2016th year following the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The religious descriptor A.D. (in the year of the Lord) has been in widespread use for over twelve hundred years. The more secular C.E. (common...read more
January 31, 2015 marks the 121th anniversary of the death of Lobo, a wolf trapped by Ernest Thompson Seton along the Corrumpa River in northeastern New Mexico. I have written in my book on Seton and elsewhere in this blog about how he underwent a psychological and...read more
No hurrahs for Hollywood, but Seton’s Lobo story inspired two films. Clash of the Wolves (1925) starred Rin Tin Tin as “Lobo” in his 9thHollywood feature. Many years later, Disney released the Legend of Lobo (1962), “A tale of the Old West told in song and story by...read more
"Lobo stands for Dignity and Love-constancy." – Ernest Thompson Seton Wolf Skulls The high ceilinged, dimly lit, quiet hall in Ottawa sees few visitors. Two wolf skulls gleam a startling white against a black cloth background, laid out on a heavy wood table....read more
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