THE HIDDEN LIFE OF WOLVES
By Jim and Jamie Dutcher, foreword by Robert Redford, Publisher National Geographic. (February 5, 2013)
"Ever since, as a child, I read about Romulus and Remus and Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book I have been in love with wolves. This exciting book will help their cause - they deserve our concern and our protection." –Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & United Nations Messenger of Peace
"An inspired account. The return of the grey wolf is a proud moment in the history of our American lands."- Bruce Babbitt, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
In The Hidden Life of Wolves, wildlife filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher present an untold story as intriguing and unique as the animal it profiles, sharing a panorama of human attitudes about wolves, from myths of ancient times to misconceptions of today to the new understanding they advocate. With their extraordinary photography of the Sawtooth Pack, personal observations, and thoughtful analysis, they present an engaging story of their experiences living among wolves.
Detailing the emotional and social lives of the Sawtooth Pack, the Dutchers recount wolf behavior rarely documented: grief at the death of a pack mate; exuberant play and friendships; excitement over the birth of pups; and the shared role of raising young pack members, teaching them needed skills.
In the larger picture, they describe the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and the cascade of positive results that followed. The return of wolves has helped revitalize the park’s ecosystem, influencing elk, birds of prey, proghorn, aspen trees and even trout.
But the demonization of wolves continues as they struggle to reestablish their foothold in the American West. Ranchers, hunters, and biologists work to adapt to innovative solutions that encourage coexistence and reduce conflict. Providing vital information that can change misguided perceptions, The Hidden Life of Wolves opens a fascinating window into the unseen lives of wolves by two people who lived in their midst.
Just as the Big Bad Wolf of “Little Red Riding Hood” lives in fairy tales, today’s wolves are still demonized as evil predators to be eradicated. Despite the outpouring of human affection lavished on dogs, their direct descendants, myths and misconceptions about wolves endure. Jim and Jamie Dutcher set the record straight in this important and captivating book, sharing their unique experiences living among the Sawtooth Pack, the wolves they observed and documented in their award-winning films. In The Hidden Life of Wolves, the Dutchers also present fascinating new information, scientific breakthroughs, and workable opportunities for a renewed wild ecosystem—an achievable vision of a world enriched by the presence of wolves.