BBC documentaries: Lobo - the wolf that changed America
How the encounter between Ernest Thompson Seton and the wolf Lobo changed America’s future.
This history changing story took place in the beautiful south-western state of New Mexico. At this time, the wild buffalo had all been eradicated by man and were replaced by cattle whose defenses had been bred out of them. For hungry wolves, the temptation was too great and the cattle made for easy pickings. The ranchers were incensed by this and wanted it stopped. Seton who was a trapper, naturalist and author had been hired to catch and destroy the pack leader of the wolves, Lobo.
Seton was familiar with wolves and had often trapped and killed them in the past. He reasoned that at most this job would take no more than a couple of weeks. But what he hadn’t counted on was Lobo, a wolf with an almost supernatural ability to cheat death. Soon weeks turned into months with not even a sight of Lobo. Seton had used all his best methods to catch this wolf but to no avail.
When Seton after months finally came into contact with Lobo, a shocking chain of events took place that jolted his conscience and made him question who really was the villain and who was the hero. Seton had been so effected by his encounter with Lobo that he never killed another wolf again.
He lived the rest of his life spreading the word about preservation for America's wilderness and wild animal species. His mission began what is now the modern day conservation movement and it had been solely inspired by a wolf named Lobo.
(The subject matter in the documentary is inspired by the actual journal entries of Ernest Thompson Seton)