The Timber, or Gray Wolf once roamed the hills and plains of North America in great numbers. This majestic and powerful animal is one of the tertiary predators of the food chain. But throughout the 1700 and 1800's the Gray Wolf had been hunted primarily as trophies and fur trade. In Europe in particular, wolves were killed because the locals feared the stories of Werewolf folklore. Here in the U. S., ranchers and farmers shot them to protect their livestock. By the 1930's, wolf populations were diminished almost to the point of extinction.