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National Geographic Film: Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone


Recently on the 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 Sad Story of Isabelle the Wolf, and How You Can Help

Isabelle the Wolf

Isabelle the wolf in 2013, recovering from an attack by other wolves on Isle Royale. (photo by Rolf Peterson)

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.

Life & Death Battle Between Bison and Wolf

Watch this powerfully moving life and death struggle between bison and wolf…

Medicine of the Wolf

Watch a preview of the upcoming film, Medicine of the Wolf, which tackles the controversial wolf hunt in Minnesota, the only state in the lower 48 from which wolves were never eradicated.

Watch the preview at the Medicine of the Wolf website.

Wolves and the Balance of Nature in the Rockies

In Smithsonian’s online magazine, experience the frustrations and thrills of wolves in the Rockies.

Caught in Canada and flown to Yellowstone, 41 wolves were released in the area between 1995 and 1997, restoring the only missing member of the park’s native mammals. Since then, wolves have begun migrating in and out of the park, their howls music to ears of wilderness lovers and as chilling as war whoops to many ranchers.

Learn more at the Smithsonian’s online magazine.

The wolf returns: Call of the wild

In, learn about how well wolves have rebounded, but how hatred towards wolves has too.

After millennia spent exterminating them, humanity is protecting wolves. Numbers have risen again—and so have ancient resentments.

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.

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