The Dutchers spent six years living with a pack of captive wolves in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, producing the Emmy Award-winning documentary of the same title. In this book, Jim (The Sawtooth Wolves, with Richard Ballantine) and Jamie elaborate on their experience, describing how they became involved with the project, sharing their most memorable moments in the pack, and revealing the logistical problems posed by wildlife filming. Supporting the premises of their movie, the book details many myth-dispelling, playful interactions among the wolves and between wolves and humans. (These wolves were raised largely by Jim in captivity but in a large wilderness area with minimal interference from humans.) The reader gets to know the various wolf "personalities" that beguiled and bedeviled the authors, including Kamots, the calm, regal alpha who once comforts Jim by placing a paw on his hand; Matsi, the gentle beta; and Lakota, the slump-shouldered, tail-dragging Omega who is also the joker of the pack. Episodes of tragedy and mourning (as when a wolf is killed by cougars) are countered by moments of exuberance and touching inter-species communication. The Dutchers describe how the wolves dance in delight at the snows of winter, compete viciously for status and entertain themselves with complex social role-playing. This accessible book will delight nature fans and general readers alike. Maps and color insert not seen by PW.
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Intent on dispelling the misguided notion that wolves are dangerous, predatory creatures, the Dutchers went to great lengths to observe a wolf pack's natural, unguarded behavior: they created a 20-acre enclosure for the wolves in Idaho's remote Sawtooth Mountains and moved their own quarters inside of it. There, the couple spent six years living among and filming the wolf pack, and their resulting film won an Emmy Award and became the Discovery Channel's highest-rated natural history documentary. This written account of their film explains how the Dutchers set out to capture the intimate daily life and social structure of the wolf pack. They observed behavior of a complex nature, a complicated and rigid family orientation, unexpected playfulness, and unyielding social bonds and achieved their goal of revealing a more sensitive, gentle wolf. This reads like a novel about relationships, but the main characters are animals rather than humans. It will captivate readers who are drawn to the wilderness and the somewhat mystical social structure of wild animals. Jim is a filmmaker and author of The Sawtooth Wolves, and Jamie is a former National Zoo employee. Highly recommended for popular wildlife collections and for those studying the social structure of animal groups. (Photos not seen.) Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY
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If your interested in learning about wolves this is it sad as it is as we try to preserve these extraordinary species.Published 6 months ago by Skye
My friend loved this as a gift. she said the book has awesome photos, and a wonderful account of a couple that lives and documents wolves and the clans they live in.Published 7 months ago by 4fabfelines
Jim & Jamie Dutcher were able to bond with wolves as friends and because of this bond they were able to understand more about the culture of the wolf. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sir Roberts
I WATCHED THE DOCUMENTARY ON YOUTUBE A MONTH AGO-WHICH INSPIRED ME TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!
IT WILL BE AWESOME!!!!
Another incredible book by Jim Dutcher about the Sawtooth wolves. A must read. I love this book...absolutely love it.Published 13 months ago by Donna R. Walters
If you love animals, this book is a must. It is well written and an easy read. You'll enjoy yourself!Published 16 months ago by Coffee Lover
A very moving and heartfelt story of one's dedication to their objective. Contrary to the lesser reviews I didn't see this as a situation where the pack was abandoned. Read morePublished 20 months ago by An Observer