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The Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. It is native to North America, where it is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies.

Until recent times, the Mexican Wolf ranged the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts from central Mexico to western Texas, southern New Mexico, and central Arizona. By the turn of the 20th century, reduction of natural prey like deer and elk caused many wolves to begin attacking domestic livestock, which led to intensive efforts by government agencies and individuals to eradicate the Mexican Wolf.

Today, an estimated 300 Mexican Wolves survive in 49 facilities in the United States and Mexico. This photo was taken at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois.

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Bogen 3011 Tripod Legs w/ Amvona Telos Series Ball Head

ISO 250
1/125th sec

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Scott is a self taught photographer that loves to share the moments in time he captures with his camera. Having a preference for wildlife and nature, Scott keeps his work diverse by photographing a variety of subjects.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 5 years ago

    Such a magnificent proud animal, and you have captured well his dignity Scott!

  • You are very loyal and commending to my work…thank you very much.

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  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeabout 5 years ago

    Stunning image Scott.

  • Thank you very much.

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  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 5 years ago

    Nice capture here and composition

  • Thanks. I like the slight backlighting. Had a real good day. Many shots that are keepers. That does not happen that often.

    – Scott Denny

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image of a beautiful animal! The backlighting is wonderful and I love the way he’s looking straight at us.

  • Thank you. I hope you can get a chance to come back and view some of my other work.

    – Scott Denny

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAabout 5 years ago

    nice image and very well executed.

  • Thank you. Nice to hear from you Marcus.

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  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkabout 5 years ago

    wow, the light on this guy is super. great separation of wolf from BG. excellent b/w tones. well done. love the pose.

  • Thank you. The lighting was natural but I did need a little help from PS to create a better separation. Thanks agian.

    – Scott Denny

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightabout 5 years ago

    Excellent! The intense eyes really reach out and grab you, and the rim lighting is beautiful.

  • This is one of those shots you are very excited about and take like ten of them to make sure one turns out….Thank you. :-)

    – Scott Denny

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!!!!

  • Thank you Karen. Please do come back and check out some of my other work.

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  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    Ooooooo – - – you’ve captured such a beautiful expression here – - – WONDERFUL!!!

  • Thank you. I was very pleased with this shot.

    – Scott Denny

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Scott!

  • Thank you very much. Nice ot hear from you.

    – Scott Denny

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