Three Toes of Harding County

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Clyde F. Briggs stands over Three Toes of Harding County

Three Toes of Harding County was the nickname given to a solitary North American male Great Plains wolf who killed livestock at ranches in Harding County, South Dakota, over a thirteen-year period in the early 20th century. His hunting range extended into southwestern North Dakota and south eastern Montana. [1]

Great Plains wolf subspecies of mammal

The Great Plains wolf, also known as the buffalo wolf or loafer, is an extinct subspecies of gray wolf with a distribution that once extended throughout the Great Plains from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan southward to northern Texas. The subspecies was declared extinct in 1926. They were described as a large, light-colored wolf but with black and white varying between individual wolves, with some all white or all black. The Native Americans of North Dakota told of how only three of these wolves could bring down any sized buffalo.

Ranch Area of land used for raising grazing livestock

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Harding County, South Dakota County in the United States

Harding County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 1,255, making it the second-least populous county in South Dakota. Its county seat is Buffalo.

Three Toes began his depredations in 1912, becoming a fully fledged livestock killer by 1917. [1] He was estimated to have killed $50,000 worth of livestock in his thirteen-year career. [2] He is known to have killed 66 sheep in two nights shortly before his capture. [2] He was pursued by over 150 men, only to be trapped on July 23, 1925, in the Kahoun pasture, near Gallup, South Dakota, by Clyde F. Briggs, the state deputy predatory animal inspector.

Three Toes was initially planned to be taken to Buffalo alive, though he died prematurely. He was thought to have been 20 years old, and measured 6 feet in length and weighed between 75 and 80 pounds. [1]

Buffalo County, South Dakota County in the United States

Buffalo County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 1,912. Its county seat is Gann Valley which, at 14 people, is the least populous county seat in the United States. The county was created in 1864, and was organized in 1871 as part of the Dakota Territory.

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