NATURE: The Wolf That Changed America
Airs Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Lobo: King of the Currumpaw
View and download the new NATURE Comic Book: “Lobo: King of the Currumpaw.”
"The Wolf That Changed America" is the true story of Ernest Thompson Seton, the wolf named Lobo and the start of America's environmental movement.
In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to the untamed canyons of New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw. Feared by ranchers throughout the region, the outlaw wasn’t a pistol-packing cowboy or train-robbing bandit. The outlaw was a wolf.
Lobo, as locals simply called him, was the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves that had been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock. Known as the “King of the Currumpaw,” Lobo seemingly had a mythical ability to cheat death, eluding the traps that ranchers had set for him throughout the countryside.
It was up to Seton, a naturalist as well as a professional animal trapper, to exterminate this “super-wolf.” The ensuing battle of wits between wolf and man would spark a real-life wilderness drama, the outcome of which would leave a lasting effect on a new and growing movement in America: wilderness preservation.
View photographs and artwork of Ernest Thompson Seton.