Most wolf biologists have encountered hundreds of wild wolves in their careers. In that process, many have become witness to the intimate lives and fates of a select handful of individuals. Over the years, these biologists have occasionally shared stories of their ‘favorite’ wolves with one another, often over drinks at the local pub during wolf conferences. Few outsiders have been privy to these stories - until now!
This is a remarkable collection of tales spanning the globe, from the earliest studies to the present day. “Wild wolves we have known" tells the stories of individual wolves through the lenses of those who know them best - the biologists who have studied them. Immerse yourself in the fieldwork; observe the challenges facing the species, and bear witness to the extraordinary resilience of these remarkable wolves.
Rome and wolves go back a long time. According to ancient legend, a she-wolf suckled the twins Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome. Now for the first time, the zoological garden Biopark in Rome has two real wolves.
"Exposed - USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife" by Predator Defense
Another crucial piece to revealing what your tax dollars pay for. In this film three former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on Wildlife Services - a barbaric, wasteful and misnamed agency within the USDA - and expose the government’s secret war on wildlife on the taxpayer’s dime.
Thought I would share this. I uploaded this a while back on my YouTube channel. This is at the Wolf Sanctuary that I volunteer at, and on this particularly day, Lorenzo decided to be a bit of a dork and none of us have been able to interpret this strange behavior of his. Whatever it means, it is hilarious to see!
Watch 0:30-1:10 - so hilarious!
(On what it might mean - I have no clue! Maybe just plain boredom?)
BBC documentaries: Lobo - the wolf that changed America
How the encounter between Ernest Thompson Seton and the wolf Lobo changed America’s future.
This history changing story took place in the beautiful south-western state of New Mexico. At this time, the wild buffalo had all been eradicated by man and were replaced by cattle whose defenses had been bred out of them. For hungry wolves, the temptation was too great and the cattle made for easy pickings. The ranchers were incensed by this and wanted it stopped. Seton who was a trapper, naturalist and author had been hired to catch and destroy the pack leader of the wolves, Lobo.
Seton was familiar with wolves and had often trapped and killed them in the past. He reasoned that at most this job would take no more than a couple of weeks. But what he hadn’t counted on was Lobo, a wolf with an almost supernatural ability to cheat death. Soon weeks turned into months with not even a sight of Lobo. Seton had used all his best methods to catch this wolf but to no avail.
When Seton after months finally came into contact with Lobo, a shocking chain of events took place that jolted his conscience and made him question who really was the villain and who was the hero. Seton had been so effected by his encounter with Lobo that he never killed another wolf again.
He lived the rest of his life spreading the word about preservation forAmerica's wilderness and wild animal species. His mission began what is now the modern day conservation movement and it had been solely inspired by a wolf named Lobo.
(The subject matter in the documentary is inspired by the actual journal entries of Ernest Thompson Seton)
The Lamar Valley wolf pack in September 2012 at Round Prairie in Yellowstone
The big dark male with a gray face who gets up at the beginning is 754M, the beta male and brother of the alpha male 755M. He greets his niece “Butterface”, a yearling female.
The smaller, darkish but heavily graying wolf that stretches and greets them is the alpha male, 755M, and the father of Butterface. Other gray yearlings at two year olds get up and greet them.
At about 1:13, a gray wolf with a whitish face and a white box on her collar gets up. That is 832F, aka “06 female”, the alpha female (mate to 755M and mother of all except 754M). When she starts walking she has a huge limp on one of her back legs.
As they walk single file around 2:13, 754M brings up the rear. 06 then hobbles behind. At 3:26, that’s 755M heading to the right.
When the camera swings back at around 3:35 to 3:55, look out for flying feets in the grass - a few of the young wolves found something to roll in!