An Unusual List
Some of my Favorite Wolf Documentaries:
1) White Falcon, White Wolf: This documentary follows the lives of gyrfalcons, owls, wolves and other wildlife on the remote Ellesmere Island in Canada and contains some of the most spectacular wildlife photography ever.
2) The Wolf That Changed America: This documentary focuses on Ernest Thompson Seton and his experience with a marauding wolf in New Mexico called, Lobo, or the King of the Currumpaw. My grandfather knew Seton, and this wolf is my blog’s namesake.
3) The River of No Return: The River of No Return area in Idaho is the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 states. Isaac and Bjornen Babcock chose a year-long honeymoon there. What starts as a biologists’ romance turns into something much more meaningful. Some have said the narration is somnolent, I found it quite moving to have narrator, videographer and researcher all wrapped into one, or two as the case may be. The photography is beautiful.
4) In the Valley of the Wolves: This documentary focuses on the return of wolves to Yellowstone, highlighting the now legendary Druid pack and a season of travails.
5) Radioactive Wolves: 25 years after the Chernobyl radiation leak, the area surrounding Chernobyl, the “dead zone,” is the home to one of the world’s largest concentration of wolves.
Some of my favorite Wolf Books:
1) Of Wolves and Men: The classic book by Barry Lopez that helped bring wolves to light that covers everything from biology, the myth, to U.S., Native American and international history.
2) The Ninemile Wolves: A slim volume with a big punch. Writer Rick Bass tracks the sparks that are set off when a pack of wolves wanders down into the Ninemile Valley in Montana from Canada as ranchers, hunters, environmentalists, government FWS workers, biologists, and animal rights activists all see the wolves as a symbol of their cause.
3) The Last Wild Wolves:Ghosts of the Rainforest: Ian McAllister spent years studying the wolves in British Columbia famous for living off salmon as well as other mammal prey. His text is illuminating but his beautiful photographs make this book something to hold on to.
4) Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone: Lead biologist on the re-introduction project for Yellowstone takes the dry details of a biologists’ work and shifts them into an engaging read about Yellowstone’s packs that are now world famous all the while maintaining the objectivity that contemporary science demands from him.
5) The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance: Rolf Peterson spells out all of the complications involved in what is a fairly isolated predator prey relationship. The study on Isle Royale represents the longest ongoing study of a large mammal in North America.