Drawing of a man from 1899 wearing a mask of an extinct Hokkaido Wolf by Jenny Kendler
The Hokkaido Wolf
From the Extinction Portraits series
Graphite on paper in painted frame
11 x 9 in., framed

Canis lupus hattai
Extinct 1889

The Hokkaido Wolf is an extinct subspecies of the Gray Wolf, which was deliberately driven to extinction by human beings. The Japanese Meiji government considered the wolves a threat to the ranching plans they had for the island of Hokkaido, so set poisoned baits for them. They became extinct quite soon after, also due in part to habitat disruption.