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A Druid at Heart


This is the first year since 2001 that Billie and I haven’t made it to Yellowstone. As anyone who reads this or knows us is well aware, we are more than slightly smitten with the wolves reintroduced in 1995 that now roam the park’s ecosystem and beyond for the first time since the United States government almost killed them off. The last Yellowstone wolf was shot in 1926.

Under pressure, that same government did a remarkable thing, reversed its course over the objections of the cattle industry and reintroduced gray wolves to Yellowstone. We have seen amazing things up there, and this Sunday you can, too. Bob Landis has spent much of the last decade filming Yellowstone wolves. Earlier films have shown, for the first time on camera, wolf packs hunting elk and deadly inter-pack rivalries.

He spent 300 days a year for three years filming “In the Valley of the Wolves,”, which is being shown as part of the Nature series on PBS, Sunday, 6-7 p.m. MST.

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