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When I moved back to South Dakota I wanted to sculpt an extinct bison wolf. Just as I started to execute the wax, it was announced on public television that a remnant population of the bison wolf was found in Saskatchewan. Genetic studies were being performed to see just how far the genetic material was from the timber wolf.

The wolves found have a much longer leg and its light phase, instead of being silver in tone is more tawny or golden. Its head is far more massive. It fit all of the old descriptions of what used to be the huge wolf that followed the bison herds.

I slightly changed the composition of the piece to include a bison skull to show that this animal  followed the near extermination of the bison. When they found these wolves, I added melting patches of snow to indicate spring and the renewal of life..

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