Category Archives: Human Attitudes Towards Wolves
Recently on the All-About-Wolves.com website, this question was posted by Rebecka Hooper on the Wolf Education page, ‘Are Wolves Dangerous‘:
“I want to see a wolf so bad are they still alive??”
Rebecka, yes! They most certainly are! In my reply to you I said:
“These days, the best place to see wolves in their natural
habitat (not a zoo) is Yellowstone National Park.”
But, your question also sent me in search of a beautiful, moving, and inspiring film I recently saw by National Geographic that shares how Yellowstone park has changed since wolves were reintroduced. And I thought I would share this film here. It’s just shy of an hour long, and it’s worth watching every second of it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
The story of Isabelle, a lone wolf who lived most of her life on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, is not a happy tale. In fact, there isn’t much happiness at all among the little band of wolves on Isle Royale.
Wolves first came to the island over the wintery ice back in the 1930’s and 40’s when it was common for the lake to freeze solid. But as temperatures have slowly climbed, it has become rare for the great lake to freeze, and the wolves of Isle Royale became landlocked and isolated. As a result, they have had no choice but to inbreed.
At their peak there were as many as fifty healthy wolves on the island, but over the years that number slowly dwindled down to ten. Then Isabelle left. And now there are nine.
Watch this powerfully moving life and death struggle between bison and wolf…
Watch the preview at the Medicine of the Wolf website.
In Smithsonian’s online magazine, experience the frustrations and thrills of wolves in the Rockies.
Learn more at the Smithsonian’s online magazine.
In Economist.com, learn about how well wolves have rebounded, but how hatred towards wolves has too.
IN AUGUST 2011 Desiree Versteeg, a Dutch mortuarist, was driving home in the suburbs of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands when she saw an animal in the road. “At first I thought it was a dog. Then I thought it was a fox. Then—I couldn’t believe my eyes—I saw it was a wolf.” She got out of the car to take a picture. “I was seven or eight metres away from him. He couldn’t get away because a fence was blocking his path. He turned and stared at me. That was a frightening moment.” Both she and the wolf fled.
From Ms Versteeg’s photographs, and from the carcass of a deer found nearby—its throat torn out in classic wolf fashion—scientists verified that she was the first person to have seen a wolf in the Netherlands since 1897.
Learn more at Economist.com.