ALONG THE RIMROCK

ALONG THE RIMROCK

20" x 16" oil on canvas

One of the many chores that a cowboy had to perform after cattle replaced the buffalo throughout the open range, was to hunt out and exterminate the large number of carnivorous animals which preyed upon the relatively easy-to-kill cattle. Grizzly bears, wolves and mountain lions were a constant threat to the cattle barons and they offered good money for their pelts. Wildlife management as we know it today did not exist and many of these animals teetered on the brink of extinction in North America until the mid 20th. century. Ironically, it was some of these same cattlemen that initiated efforts to rescue these animals before they disappeared. This painting is of an early cowboy on such a hunt, with eyes open and rifle ready as he tracks along the rimrock. © Steven Lang OPAM