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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition leaves at first light rowing up the Missouri River. They encounter plenty of game, water fowl, and a large wolf. They pass the Little Platte River and camp south of present Waldron, Missouri.

From the journals...

a verry large wolf Came to the bank and looked at us this morning
passd the (1) mouth of a Small river 10 ms. above the Kanseis Called by the french Petite River Platte (or Shoal river) from the number of falls in it

William Clark

Gray wolf, Canis lupus

Gray Wolf: dog-like wolf looking directly at the camera

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.