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Synopsis: After 40 years of protection, Grey wolves were recently de-listed federally from endangered species act and their fate was handed over to state legislatures. What ensued was a 'push to hunt' in wolf country across the United States. Filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into wolf country to pursue the deep and intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him. The film stars Minnesota Native Jim Brandenburg and his film, White Wolf, that premiered at Sundance almost 30 years ago-in 1986. This National Geographic film is the documentary of an exceptional journey, by Jim who was determined to enlighten the world about the true nature of this planets most misunderstood carnivorous mammal.
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making a... a show of it

by shaking the trees.

Shows up right in front

of me with the two pups,

looks at me, and runs away.

And I thought, that's fairly unusual

for the mom to run away.

And a couple seconds later,

back she comes,

same thing, trees shaking, you know,

and this time she stands over the pups,

I'm probably 12 feet away at the most.

Stands over the pups,

all of the hackles on the back

of her neck come up,

her head low... lowers down,

she's looking straight at me,

and goes "woof."

And I said, you know, intellectually,

that was the one time

I was a little afraid

Of wolves.

The place we meet wolves

for the first time

is in that fantastic story

of little red riding hood.

And it's not a very

complimentary story to wolves,

it in fact is one of the

first fear characters

that we, as children, engage with.

These all relate to some

of the myths around

wolves. And... and they're dangerous,

because they're not accounts

of the actual wolves,

they're not accounts F real, live wolves

and the behaviors that wolves engage in.

My God!


The werewolf, the loup-garou, was...

was a... is a mischievous creature

that will come at night

and steal your shoes.

So you wake up in the

morning, where are my shoes?

Oh, they took it, right,

and so you go into the forest

looking for this creature that is

hiding behind the tree with your shoes.

And all of a sudden,

it became this, you know,

blood-thirsty animal

that will steal your kid,

not your shoes.

The risk of being injured,

or killed by a wolf

is... is... is minuscule.

If you are afraid of a wolf,

your car keys

should be taken away from you,

because you're far more likely

to get in a car wreck,

you shouldn't step in an airplane,

you shouldn't go outside if there's

lightning anywhere nearby,

these are all far, far more common

causes of injury and death.

And so wolves, simply, uh, are

not a threat to human beings,

it's just a... it's a

silly thing to think so.

The wolf made a decision

to join the human family.

Somehow, someway, because they fit in.

Why did the wolf come into the human

family 40... 50... 60,000 years ago,

and the cat didn't, or the horse didn't?

Because it seemed to be a little

more of an easy partnership.

They blended in a little bit better.

That was a decision that the wolf made

for sustainability and survivability.

Do you think there are

more dogs in the world

than wolves right now?

How many millions and millions

of dogs are there in the world?

That's... that's the wolf.

The wolf decided that somehow.

It's clear that the evolution

of the wolf to the dog

has had a huge impact on man.

Think of the many gifts from the wolf.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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