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Buffalo Hunt, White Wolves Attacking a Buffalo Bull

Buffalo Hunt, White Wolves Attacking a Buffalo Bull | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
A buffalo surrounded by wolves (Plate 10).<p>"There are several varieties of the wolf species on the American prairies, the most numerous and formidable of which is the white wolf, found in great numbers in high latitudes and near the Rocky Mountains. These animals are equal in size, in many instances, to the largest Newfoundland dog; and, from the whiteness of their hair, appear, at a distance on the green prairies, much like a flock of sheep, and often are seen to the number of fifty or a hundred in a pack; and in this way following the numerous herds of buffaloes from one end of the year to the other, gorging their stomachs with the carcasses of those animals that fall by the hands of the hunters or from sickness and old age. Whilst the buffaloes are grouped together, the wolves seldom attack them, as the former instantly gather for the combined resistance, which they effectually make. But when the herds are traveling, it often happens that an aged or wounded one lingers at a distance behind, and when fairly out of sight of the herd, is set upon by swarms of these voracious hunters, which are sure to last to torture him to death, and use him up at a meal."</p>
DESCRIPTION
A buffalo surrounded by wolves (Plate 10).

"There are several varieties of the wolf species on the American prairies, the most numerous and formidable of which is the white wolf, found in great numbers in high latitudes and near the Rocky Mountains. These animals are equal in size, in many instances, to the largest Newfoundland dog; and, from the whiteness of their hair, appear, at a distance on the green prairies, much like a flock of sheep, and often are seen to the number of fifty or a hundred in a pack; and in this way following the numerous herds of buffaloes from one end of the year to the other, gorging their stomachs with the carcasses of those animals that fall by the hands of the hunters or from sickness and old age. Whilst the buffaloes are grouped together, the wolves seldom attack them, as the former instantly gather for the combined resistance, which they effectually make. But when the herds are traveling, it often happens that an aged or wounded one lingers at a distance behind, and when fairly out of sight of the herd, is set upon by swarms of these voracious hunters, which are sure to last to torture him to death, and use him up at a meal."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23628
Creation Date: 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:PH 348.10 (3)
Original Dimensions:17 x 12 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of "Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio."
SUBJECTS
Buffaloes
Wolves
Painting
Indians of North America
Landscape
Hunting

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