How Wolves Change Rivers

As I've stated in previous writings, my true passion for production lies within capturing nature and landscapes.  Though it's not a consistent source of income, every once in a while cool opportunities present themselves. Recently Sustainable Man, a website that engages and informs people of sustainable ways of life, took notice in my Yellowstone and Grand Teton footage.  They’ve included it in a short documentary titled “How Wolves Changed Rivers.”  In recent history there has been a lot of conflict and difference of opinion around whether protecting wolves is more harmful than good. Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after a complete extirpation from 1872-1926. Wolves were considered an undesirable predator in the mid west do to their threat on cattle and other livestock.  After wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in ’95 they quickly began to thrive, perhaps too quickly and un-naturally. Some people argue that there are too many wolves and in result, elk and moose numbers are significantly low, while others argue that over longer periods of time, the natural environment favors species to thrive in waves. If the elk and moose numbers get low that means less food for the wolves and naturally their numbers will begin to decrease allowing elk and moose to begin to rise again.  Some believe the only unnatural part to this whole equation is the livestock that resides within and just beyond wolf habitat which is where the extirpation came from in the beginning.

Amongst all the dramatic tension, I’m happy to provide content that helps tell the wolves story. I’m always honored to include my footage in films that promote natural spaces and an appreciation for wildlife. I applaud Sustainable Man's mission to help people see a more dynamic wolf.