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The boats fight a strong headwind making only seven miles up the Missouri. They pass a large island with many cedar trees near present Chamberlain, South Dakota. Clark explains their identification of foxes, coyotes, and wolves.

I Killed a prarie wolf to day about the Sise of a Gray fox with a bushey tail    the head and ears like a Fox wolf, and barks like a Small Dog— The annimale which we have taken for the Fox is this wolf, we have seen no Foxes.

William Clark

Coyote, Canis latrans

Close-up of a coyote face

Photo ©2006 Christopher Bruno. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

The large wolves are verry numourous, they are of a light Colr. large & has long hair with Corrs fur.

William Clark

Gray wolf, Canis lupus

Large wolf pup laying near a den

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

the growth of the high Prarie—

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri milkvetch, Astragalus missouriensis

Low pea plant with purple blossoms

Photo ©2003 Matt Lavin. Downloaded from Wikimedia and used with permission of the Creative Commons 2.0 License.