"To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul" - Aldo Leopold

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.

Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf

In a New York Times Op-Ed piece, learn about the healthy and dramatic effect wolves have on an entire ecosystem.

Many Americans, even as they view the extermination of a species as morally anathema, struggle to grasp the tangible effects of the loss of wolves. It turns out that, far from being freeloaders on the top of the food chain, wolves have a powerful effect on the well-being of the ecosystems around them…

Learn more at the New York Times

The wolf returns: Call of the wild


In Economist.com, 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.

Learn more at Economist.com.

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