Friday, August 31, 2012

HOWLING IN THE ROCKIES - A Documentary Film

by John Williams

ABOUT THE FILM:

No, there will not be any ‘talking’ wolves in this serious documentary. They were put in the teaser video above just to get your attention.  Given that you are reading about the film, it obviously worked.

Wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rocky Mountains has been controversial to say the least.  We are confronting the controversy head on with our “Howling in the Rockies” film documentary.  When we started this journey, we could hardly believe how difficult it was to find truthful, coherent information.  If it was so hard for us, putting hours of exhaustive research into the subject, to make any sense of the information, how is the average person expected to make sense of the issue?

"Howling in the Rockies" is a feature-length documentary film that will unravel the misconceptions about the gray wolf and explore its reintroduction and successful recovery in the Rocky Mountains.  We have included interviews with a broad list of stakeholders from all sides of the wolf issue (including three governors and over a dozen of the most knowledgeable and respected people involved with gray wolves in the United States), which will lend a level of legitimacy to this film that no other wolf film has to date.  This informative documentary will effectively illustrate the need for conservation through factual science.  This format will both challenge and counter false information here to date.

The film will unfold with the history of wolves in North America, their geographical distribution and population over time.  We will cover the calculated extermination of the species throughout the region.  We will move into the Endangered Species Act (ESA), gray wolf listing, the process leading to reintroduction and the ultimate release of 66 gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho.

The documentary examines prey species historical populations prior to wolf reintroduction.  We then compare those prey populations to populations after reintroduction and as wolf populations have grown.  We will take measure of the politics involved including the industries directly affected including environmental groups, the scientific community, sporting groups, livestock industry and various users of public lands.

The experts weigh in with their thoughts on managing wildlife within the various states to achieve a balance of predator and prey species.  They discuss possible changes in land use along with the known and predicted long-term effects on the livestock and hunting industries.  We will then tackle the controversial issues such as 'surplus' killing, possible dangers to people and pets, along with the highly publicized hydatid disease, caused by worms carried by wolves.

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