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“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

“An inspired account. The return of the gray wolf is a proud moment in the history of our American lands.” —Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

"The Dutchers are known for their world-class photography, and this volume does not disappoint…the mystery and awe that wolves have always evoked in humans is conveyed in crisp, color images. The photos are at once beautiful, startling and mesmerizing." —Bill Cannon, former editor-in-chief of Motor Age Magazine

"The photography is stunningly beautiful and the insights that Jim and Jamie Dutcher share with us opens a world of understanding into wolf behavior." Apogee Photo Magazine

"A richly layered work that speaks to the intricate and controversial relationship between wolves and humans." --The Oregonian

"Remarkable photographs...an in-depth and up-close look at the intimate behaviors and social bonds of [Wolves]." --American Profile 
 

"Loaded with wonderful photographs...should go a long way to help protect these most amazing beings." --Psychology Today

“A richly layered work that speaks to the intricate and controversial relationship between wolves and humans.” --Oregon Live

About the Author

JIM DUTCHER is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer whose extraordinary camerawork has led audiences into places never before filmed: inside beaver lodges, down burrows to peek at wolf pups, and into the secret life of a mother mountain lion. His work includes the National Geographic special, A Rocky Mountain Beaver Pond, and ABC World of Discovery's two highest-rated films, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies, and Wolf: Return of a Legend. JAMIE DUTCHER, Jim's wife and co-producer, has worked in the animal hospital of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., bringing her knowledge of animal husbandry and medical care to film and enabling her to quickly gain access to the sensitive and secret inner lives of wolves. The author lives in Idaho.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Revised edition edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426210124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426210129
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As you might guess by my Pen name, Wulfstan, I am a big fan of wolves, so I was excited to get this new book. And, I was blown away. The photography is beyond fantastic, and really up close and personal. Not only great wolf shots, but stunning nature photography too. It will make you breathless!

Besides the completely awesome artistic nature photos, the book also is packed with interesting facts about wolves in general, and this Idaho pack in specific. A little heartwarming and "fuzzy" but still solid scientifically.

Also see "Living with Wolves" by the same author.
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By Farmacy on February 8, 2013
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True friends to the wolves, the Dutchers have proven that humans have the capability to make a positive difference not only in the lives of animals, but also in the lives of man. Showing also, how we all have a perfect role in nature, if we abide by its laws. Not only do I recommend the book, I recommend you delve deeper, to learn more about one of the most important animals in our eco system and something about yourself too~
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I heard the authors on National Geographic Weekend and was profoundly moved listening to them present evidence that wolves experience intense emotions, as many other animals do. I stopped hunting years ago after belatedly realizing that animals often possess surprising intelligence and a capacity for human-like emotions, often triggered in response to events that reveal minds capable of joy, sorrow, pleasure, boredom -- all seemingly just as deep as in humans. Even chickens are amazingly smart and capable of loving life, as I discussed in "Chicken-human behavioral similarities" on my blog. In the footnotes to that article, I linked to many scientific studies that ought to jolt ethical people into wondering how humans can possibly justify what they do to animals. In my opinion, there is no justification other than "might makes right," which is an execrable excuse, not a justification.

I commend the authors of The Hidden Life of Wolves for superbly giving us insight into wolves, which I hope will generalize into a realization that humans need to rethink how they treat animals.
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Look at what they're doing to wolves now. Because of ranchers wolves are being systematically wiped out as I write this. States like Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and others along with the USDA's Wildlife Services have opened up trophy hunting against wolves. All the work done in wolf conservation has been for nothing. The delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species list is shameful and I am ashamed of our nation to treat a treasure of our nation's heritage, wolves, like trash.
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I think there is a little bit of a 'con' in this book. The wolves were contained in a 25 acre enclosure and fed (who knows how) by the humans. That is not a real wild wolf pack.
Probably the real behavior would be similar but a little dissimilar to that observed in this large cage with no actual hunting by the wolves. Nice pics, some interesting observations on wolf behavior, but not enough explanation of the actual universe these wolves find themselves in.
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Wonderful and very informative book on these beautiful creatures that are being destroyed by total ignorance. A must read for all wolf and animal lovers!
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My vote for the Academy Award for best Movie, Producer, Writer and Male and Female actors both Human and animal goes to goes to All those involved in " Living with Wolves". Hollywood could finally give a real service to Mankind and Planet Earth by delivering this message to all Humans.It would raise the consciousness and awareness of hundreds of million and finally lead to the creation of the Heaven on Earth that all have been striving for since life first set foot on our planet.This is a profound message not just about the life of Wolves the real message is a reflection back to Humans as to why we are here and how as a collective body we were created to co exist as Humans and animals together.
Thank you Jim and Jamie you are truly Angels from Source.
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This book, photos and narrative, was created by a couple (the Dutchers) who have spent over 30 years studying and documenting wolf behavior, mostly on the edge of Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. Their efforts were facilitated by having bottle-fed the pack's founders in the early 1990s. The pack formed friendships with them and allowed the Dutchers' to observe them without modifying pack member behaviors. They observed friendships within the pack, saw them become excited at the anticipated birth of new cubs by the alpha female, and their love and caring for the young.
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