On this day: the last Japanese Wolf

Wôkami_-_Carl_Hubert_de_VilleneuveThe Japanese wolf is considered to be extinct as the last specimens were recorded at Higashi-Yoshino village in Nara Prefecture, Japan in January 23, 1905.

Carl Hubert de Villeneuve’s 1820s sketch.

The last sighting of a Japanese wolf – a subspecies of the grey wolf – was recorded in Nara Prefecture on the 23rd of January, 1905.

In the century before, during the Meiji Restoration, killing the wolves had become a national policy.

A memorial statue now stands in the village of Higashiyoshino, where the last wolf was seen.

The animal is now considered extinct.