Discover the wonder of wolves from Emmy-award winning filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher as they tell their story of the six years they watched, learned about, and lived with the Sawtooth wolf pack.
Adventure, friendship, and family come together in this riveting memoir as two award-winning filmmakers take you through the experience of the years they spent living in the wild with a real-life wolf pack. Jim and Jamie set out to show the world that instead of fearsome beasts, wolves are social, complex, and incredible creatures that deserve our protection. Deep in the mountain wilderness of Idaho, they set up Wolf Camp, where they spent years capturing the emotional, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking story of their pack.
Meet Kamots, the fearless leader. Learn from wise Matsi. Explore the forest with shy Lakota. And watch as adorable pups grow from silly siblings to a devoted pack. See how these brave wolves overcome all odds, battling mountain lions and frigid temperatures. Most of all, discover the surprising kindness, compassion, and devotion that Jim and Jamie discovered by living with wolves.
About the Author
For more than 20 years, JIM AND JAMIE DUTCHER have been documenting wolf behavior. They spent six years living in a camp near Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness, intimately observing a three-generation wolf pack. Their unprecedented experiences resulted in Emmy award-winning prime-time documentaries. They are the authors of four other books for adults and children from National Geographic, including The Wisdom of Wolves, Hidden Life of Wolves, A Friend for Lakota, and Living With Wolves! They run a foundation, Living with Wolves, whose mission is to protect and educate the world about wolves.
Table of Contents
A Wolf's Trust 13
Chapter 1 Longing for Wilderness 16
Chapter 2 A Bright Idea 30
Chapter 3 Beginnings of the Sawtooth Pack 43
Chapter 4 Trouble in the Pack 60
Chapter 5 Season of Change 72
Chapter 6 A Compassionate Alpha 80
Chapter 7 A Gut-Wrenching Decision 86
Chapter 8 New Adventures 90
Chapter 9 Two Leaps Forward 100
Chapter 10 Friends for Lakota 114
Chapter 11 Call of the Wolf 120
Chapter 12 Family Ties 125
Chapter 13 Celebration! 135
Chapter 14 Time to Say Goodbye 144
The World of the Wolf 154
Keystone Species 156
About Living with Wolves 158