Boycott “The Grey”…


January 27, 2012

State biologist dreads Hollywood portrayal of wolves

Attacks on humans, implied in movie’s trailers, extremely rare

Wolves are coming to the big screen today in “The Grey,” a man-versus-beast thriller starring Liam Neeson.

When their plane crashes in Alaska’s frozen wilderness, a bunch of oil-field roughnecks fight for survival. Not only do the men combat cold and hunger, they’re stalked by a wolf pack.

Film previews feature eerie howls and shots of feral eyes glinting in the darkness. When carnage ensues in this R-rated film, the wolves are usually the winners.

But the movie’s portrayal of wolves as man-eaters dismays Gary Wiles.

“My first reaction was, ‘Oh, no!’ ” said Wiles, a wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It looks totally like a Hollywood-contrived movie: something to strike at people’s basic fears.”

UPDATE: January 2o, 2012

Howling for Justice will continue to highlight this post until the movie opens on January 27, 2012 and beyond.  We are happy to see that Wild Earth Guardians  has joined the fight and is also calling for a “blacklist of The Grey”.

UPDATE: January 17, 2012

As if there aren’t enough reasons to dislike this movie, add the sickening fact that Liam Neeson and the  cast of  “The Grey” actually ate wolf meat while making this  “movie”. The thought of them eating the flesh of the ancestor of our beloved dogs, makes me physically ill.


Liam Neeson and “The Grey” Cast Ate Wolf Meat

 by Jennifer Mishler January 17, 2012

I guess Hollywood doesn’t have anything better to do then demonize wolves. With two wolf hunts mowing down wolves  in the Northern Rockies, aerial gunning planned in Idaho’s Lolo zone, wolves in the Great Lakes coming off the endangered species list,  facing brutal hunts, Hollywood decided this would be a good time to make a movie about killer wolves.

“A group of oil-rig roughnecks are left stranded on the sub-arctic tundra after their plane experiences a complete mechanical failure and crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. The survivors, battling mortal injuries, biting cold and ravenous hunger, are relentlessly hunted and pursued by a vicious pack of rogue wolves.”

Wolves are the least dangerous of  large predators in North America. 


There have been two controversial human/wolf fatal encounters in North America, in the last century, that’s  it. You have a better chance of accidentally being killed by hunters (100 fatal hunting accidents per year in the US and Canada with another 1000 injured) or have your child shot @ a bus stop.  It’s not wolves parents should worry about @ bus stops but stray bullets from hunters.

Child Shot At Bus Stop By Hunter

Click here to watch video

 Our beloved dogs, kill another 30 people or more a year and bite approx. 4.7 million people annually. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs but those are the facts.

Deer/vehicle accidents claim at least 200 lives every year and cause billions of dollars in damages. You know why there are so many deer? The fish and game agencies make sure predators are targeted and their numbers kept low. Then deer  populations explode causing hundreds of thousands of auto accidents.

In Canberra, the capital of Australia, they’ve decimated the dingoes, the kangaroo’s  only natural predator.  Around the city there’s been an explosion of the Roo population. The Roos hop into the city at night, munch on people’s  lawns, get hit by cars and chased by dogs.  These are “urban kangaroos”, pushed into the city by drought, dwindling habitat and their own over-population. When Roo  numbers get too high “wildlife managers” control them by “culling/killing” kangaroos by the thousands. Roo mothers are shot in the head during “the culls” and their little pouched  “Joeys”  are either decapitated or their skulls are crushed.

Australia isn’t any better at  “managing” their wildlife then we are. They eliminate the top predator, the dingo, who could prevent kangaroo overpopulation.  Instead,  kangaroo numbers go up and the guns come out.

The same happens in America with deer. Natural predators are eliminated, the deer population explodes and you have a recipe for disaster.

“In 2000, of the 6.1 million lightweight motor vehicle collisions reported in the US, 247,000 crashes involved deer-vehicle collisions.[1] Deer-vehicle collisions lead to about 200 human deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage every year.[2] State and federal governments, insurance companies, and drivers spend an addition $3 billion in an effort to reduce and manage the increasing number of deer-vehicle collisions.[3] The term “deer-vehicle collision” is commonly annotated throughout safety agencies as DVC.”

Loss of large predators has caused widespread disruption of ecosystems

Scientists say decimation of top consumers may be “humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world” due to cascading effects on ecosystems

July 14, 2011

By Tim Stephens


All because “wildlife managers” are short-sighted and listen to the hunting and ranching cabals instead of doing what’s right and healthy for our ecosystems.


A woman was recently killed by flying deer parts (head and shoulders). The deer had been cut in half in another accident.

Woman driver killed by flying deer parts

December 29, 2011 9:41AM

POLICE in western Pennsylvania say a woman was killed when part of a deer struck by another vehicle went through her windshield and hit her.

Click here to read more

People die from bee stings, are fatally stomped by moose, run over by trains, approx. 90 people are killed by lightning strikes each year, in 2010 14, 748 people were murdered in the US, I could go on and on.

My point? Wolf attacks are VERY RARE.  So rare that making a movie about killer wolves is ridiculous. Wolves DO NOT need more bad press, the anti-wolf crowd spends their waking hours spreading myths and lies about wolves. Just because someone came up with this lame-brained idea of a movie, doesn’t mean it had to be made. It will do nothing but hurt wolves,  just like the movie Jaws hurt the image of sharks.  70 to 90 million sharks are killed every year around the world.

Please boycott this movie!!

You can picket your local theater where “The Grey” will be  playing but personally I think that draws more attention, people love controversy. BUT do contact the theater complex and let them know how you and your friends feel about this movie and that you’ll be staying away.

I call on the producer and director to re-consider what they’re  doing.  Are they not  aware of the nasty campaign being waged against wolves across this country but specifically in the Northern Rockies? Have they not done their homework? Do they care? Wolf haters don’t need help from Hollywood to persecute wolves. What happened to all the environmentalists in the movie industry? Will they be silent and allow this misunderstood, highly intelligent, social animal to be characterized as something they’re not?

At the very least a  disclaimer is needed, wolves rarely ever attack people. They are shy and reclusive, dedicated to their families. The exception to wolves exhibiting extreme fear of humans is when wolves been habituated to human presence, as in Yellowstone National Park. where because of their rock star status, they are exposed to people on a regular basis. Visitors are fascinated by these iconic animals and can’t get enough of them. Wolves  generate at least 35 million dollars annually to the GYA (Greater Yellowstone Area).  Yellowstone wolves do tolerate human presence because they don’t perceive humans as threats inside the park.  Outside the park is a different story, since these wolves are so used to people they are easy targets.  The most unfortunate incident happened during Montana’s 2009 wolf hunt, when FWP opened the hunt right outside park boundaries.  Wolves routinely move in and out of the park because they can’t read signs. Hunters took advantage of this and decimated the studied and famous Cottonwood Pack, killing the alpha male and female and their powerful daughter. When the alpha pair is killed the pack usually disperses.

Shame on the director and producers of this film.  They should visit the Northern Rockies, where brutal wolf hunts are in full swing and see for themselves the hatred and scapegoating wolves are subjected to.

Please read Bill Gibson’s article in the LA Times, to get up to speed on what wolves are being subjected to.  Maybe you’d understand how damaging “The Grey” will be to wolves and why advocates are so upset over this.

The new war on wolves


As soon as federal protection ended, the slaughter began.

December 08, 2011|By J. William Gibson

More examples of persecution. The Safari Club and others are providing incentives for hunters to go out and kill wolves and make
darn sure Montana meets it’s 220 dead wolf quota by February 15, 2012.  February 15, 2012 is an extension from the original wolf hunt end date of December 31, 2012. Montana FWP moved the goalposts.

 From the Ravali  Republic:

The Safari Club International’s Western Montana Chapter announced recently it will raffle off the taxidermy of a wolf pelt to successful wolf hunters this year. The prize is worth an estimated $750.

That organization is the third that has offered a prize or a check to hunters bagging a wolf this season.

The Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association started the ball rolling right after the end of hunting season with an announcement it would raffle a rifle valued at $650 to wolf hunters successful in the southern reaches of the Bitterroot.

The Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife followed with a photo contest that offered successful wolf hunters $100 and an annual membership for photographs of dead wolves.



are dead in the Montana/Idaho wolf hunts as of o1/20/12.  And this is only January. Idaho’s wolf hunt runs through June 2012, in the Lolo and Selway zones, A TEN MONTH LONG HUNT!! Wolves in Idaho are dying painful deaths in brutal traps and choking snares.

Is there nothing Hollywood won’t do to make a buck?  Not only does this movie unfairly depict wolves but it will contribute to the escalating wolf demonization.


Contact information for  “The Grey”, courtesy of Justin Forte:
Please take a few moments to contact  those involved with this “movie”. Tell them how you feel about it and why. Be direct, polite and to the point.  Let them know you are boycotting “The Grey”. Be sure to mention there are thousands of outraged wolf advocates, who are also movie goers. We are spreading the word, we don’t want to contribute to profits made off the backs of wolves.
Demand a disclaimer in the opening and closing credits. This movie is a  misrepresentation of wild wolves. They are not blood thirsty, human stalking killers, as the movie depicts.
Contact:: Open Road Films and Liam Neeson .

Open Road Films

12301 Wilshire Boulevard

Suite 600

Santa Monica, California 90025.

Telephone: 310-696-7575. Fax: 310-571-2278.

Liam’ Neeson’s publicist is: Alan Nierob, Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90069. Telephone: 310-854-8100

Thank You. The wolves thank you!!


WildEarth Guardians Joins The Fight to Boycott “The Grey”

Wolves are under attack, having lost Endangered Species Act protection in many states, placing them in the crosshairs of a vocal minority in agribusiness and hunting groups who refuse to tolerate this ecologically vital carnivore. Hundreds have already been killed this winter and now Hollywood has jumped on the hysteria bandwagon by perpetuating the stereotype of wolves as evil and violent in the new film, “The Grey.”

Please join WildEarth Guardians in sending a strong message to the film director and boycotting “The Grey” so that anti-wolf profiteers like director Joe Carnahan won’t benefit from this terrible film.



Here is a true wild wolf encounter with the added treat of seeing a grizzly sow with cubs. Do these wolves look like bloodthirsty killers who stalk people? Absolutely not.

Please visit Brad Joseph’s Wildlife Videos on YouTube and see how a true naturalist appreciates and photographs our vital apex predators, like the wolf and grizzly bear.  


Brad Joseph’s Wildlife Channel


Alaska Bears and Wolves

About Brad Josephs


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Video:  YouTube Brad Johnson’s Wildlife Channel

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  1. I’d like to leave another entertainment ALERT!! Yesterday was really Friday the 13th for me – I had the opportunity to spend the day with my grandson, Will (wolf-lover and 4 yrs old) – we walked into the lobby of the theater and there was a 8 foot x 5 foot poster of THE GREY! An up-coming-attraction poster! Put me in such a sour mood, I almost got out my lipstick and drew a mustache on Liam Neeson! Thought about writing a warning on the poster, but remembered it is best not to call too much attention to the movie – they will attract more movie-goers! Many love controversy!
    THEN settling in to watch a Walt Disney animated movie, redone in 3-D, was subjected to watching Disney’s depiction of a pack of vicious, scary, blood-thirsty wolves attacking an old man and his horse in the woods, then attacking Beauty, herself, (Beauty and the Beast), and her horse. Then the Beast fought off the vicious wolves and almost died himself!! GRRRR…… I could hear the gasps of very young children and even a little crying…..this movie definitely frightened the children and left a negative impression on them about wolves. And so it begins…..more fairy tales maligning wolves. “The Grey” promises to give the same negative impression of wolves to adults.
    On a small positive note, my grandson, Will, actually said to me, “Nana, wolves aren’t like that!!”

    • Grrr! I don’t remember that being in Beauty and the Beast, but I vaguely remember the injured part. How horrible. But I’m glad I know now, so I’ll remember to not let my children watch it.

  2. P.S. On my way out the door, I did mention to the ticket taker person that I was distraught and offended by the theater about to show THE GREY. This theater was an AMC – probably futile as AMC AND REGAL THEATERS merged with OPEN ROAD FILMS (the maker of The Grey) in April of 2011. So be assured that EVERY AMC AND REGAL THEATER WILL BE SHOWING THIS FILM….they are all business partners and in cahoots. Sensationalism for $$$$$$$$$ – wolves paying the real price for generations to come, as this movie with then go to Netflicks and video and then late night television…….growls…..

  3. BE DRAMATIC! SHOW THE WORST! That is how they sell newspapers and how the television stations get viewers!

    Any adult wild animal, looking docile, or sleeping is not “fun”
    to watch, but offer them a police dog, doing what it has been
    trained to do, savaging a violent criminal and tyhey will grab it.
    “vicious dog kills a harmless man”, “Police threaten civillians
    with a ferocious animal” they will find a lot of ways to distort the
    truth and when it comes to film making, modern techniques can
    make any animal look twice its size, fit fangs and have blood
    dripping from its mouth.

    The worst part of this, is that the average Mr and Mrs, law abiding
    perfect citizens and their kids, would rather watch the un-truthful
    fake movies, than a good documentary than know the facts.

    Thank you for this fantastic article. One question though, why can
    I not share-it on my facebook page? Surely the more people who are made aware, the better?

    Regards – Allan.

    • You can copy the link in your address bar, and paste it in your status update. It will then load and display below your status, and you can remove the link and put in whatever text you want, or just post it with no text, but removing the link URL will not actually remove the link from your status, as long as the page was loaded into it.

    • Everything you said is right on Allan. The media thrives on controversy. That’s why the local media can run a pro-wolf story one day and a hyped up anti-wolf one the next day. As you said people who aren’t informed could be swayed by this, unfortunately most people get their information from Internet and cable news. It’s a huge problem. Wolves need a good publicist. I try my best.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  4. Every time I hear about how rare it is that animals kill people, I think about all the animals people kill with no thought about the lives lost or the suffering felt. I appreciate the wolves and deplore the killing, but I also feel bad for the deer that are killed by preditors and cars. Their lives should not be taken lightly either.

    • Me too Marcia.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  5. Insanity upon insanity. Shame on Liam Neeson. Considering the violence, torture, and persecution that wolves are subjected to, what wolves need right now is a “Wildlife Schindler” not some negative propagandist who perpetuates fear and hatred of these beautiful and important apex predators. Have real wolves been used in the making of this movie or are they computer generated like the bizarre depiction of wolves in the movie, The Day After Tomorrow? Maybe Mr. Neeson should consider a movie about giant, man-eating slugs from the planet Ork for his next project. Leave wolves out of the fantasy- thriller genre. Wolves need all the good and honest press they can get. A disclaimer is the least the creators of this fiction can do. Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio would consider a movie that tells the truth about wolves? Mr. Neeson, your people will be hearing from me.

  6. I think it is fantastic that you made this website with all this information!
    I’m a wolf lover, of course. But that doesn’t mean I’m narrow-minded, seeing only the best in them. They’re just like every other animal as well; just wanting to survive.
    Anyway – I really hope the director and movie-makers of this horrible film are reading this! I can’t do much except share this page and tell everyone on my Facebook, and I hope that helps!
    The information on this page really puts things into perspective.
    When will people realize a wolf is NOT a dangerous animal… I don’t see how people can even interpret them as intimidating!
    I bet they’re going to depict scenes of growling wolves, licking their teeth, as usual! When they NEVER do that in the wild unless perhaps faced by an opposing pack they don’t like, only to show dominance.
    Yeah, I can tell already, “The Grey” is going to suck big time! Same old same old, people can be afraid of wolves if they want to, but I know the truth!!!! :)

    • I know right! In the trailer a black wolf stands in front of him, and then bares its teeth. Like you said, obviously they were trying to send the image that the wolf was almost “egging him on” or trying to invoke fear into the protagonist, but in reality, that wolf would have just continued staring, not baring its teeth, and most likely after a minute would get nervous by the protagonist staring, which is threatening to a wolf, and walk away. There are many things wrong with this movie, so much science fiction.

    • So glad to have you here Amber. And thank you for taking the time to write that letter. They need to hear from us!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  7. While we’re at it, do NOT vote for Sarah Palin (if she runs again).
    Not only is she incredibly dumb, she promotes aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska to increase the hooved game populations – ONLY to hunt them too!

    • Amen to that! She ACTUALLY tried to DELIST POLAR BEARS! The woman is a complete NUTJOB!


  8. Great, this is just what wolves need: more demonizing (note the sarcasm). I wonder if this movie was inspired by that ONE attack on the Alaska teacher (I really feel bad for the teacher and her family, but I’m sick and tired of the anti-wolf jumping right onto the incident to prove that wolves are evil). But whatever the motivation, I really hope they put that disclaimer before and/or after the movie. Not that I will ever know if they do, of course, cause I’m boycotting it! I’d rather watch Cars 2 for the umpteenth time than see a new movie that protrays wolves are vicious killers!

    • Carla, they will jump on anything to demonize wolves. I believe this movie was made because they thought it would generate big profits, with no thought to the damage it will do to wolves.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  9. Kudos to Brad & his wonderful moviemaking!

  10. As if what is happening to wolves isn’t bad enough already, Hollywood has to roll out with a propaganda movie that will only make things worse! Not only will I boycott this movie, but I will also never go see any movies that star Liam Neeson or anyone else who starred in this movie in the future!

    • Thank you Justin for providing all the contact information. It’s a shame what they’ve done, without a thought to the harm this could do to wolves but they will hear from us.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  11. Contact information for that horrific movie “The Grey”. Please take a few moments to do this. Tell them how you feel about this movie and why. Be direct, polite and boycott this movie and be sure to say there are thousands of us who feel this way! Demand a disclaimer in the opening and closing credits saying that this is a misrepresentation of wild wolves and they are not the blood thirsty killers the movie depicts.

    Contact: Open Road Films and Liam Neeson to let them know how you feel.

    Open Road Films, 12301 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Santa Monica, California 90025. Telephone: 310-696-7575. Fax: 310-571-2278.

    Liam’ Neeson’s publicist is: Alan Nierob, Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90069. Telephone: 310-854-8100

    Thank You. The wolves thank you. Please do this.

    • Justin, I removed Mr.Limato’s information, Linda said he has passed away.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  12. Thats a fantastic report on this movie and its lack of moral value and set against those other statistics of how we accept death and injury by our own hands, really hits home.
    I can only imagine that the film makers did no, or were dismissive of any research information into their subject matter, or more likely they simply do not care for anything other than the great God money.
    But has been stated, perhaps no need to shout and scream about it, it will only heighten awareness and draw attention to it, it may appeal to those few people who seek a cheap violent thrill, but perhaps those people would never take up the wolves cause anyway.
    Just hope it bombs!
    i shall be contacting the relevant people concerned tomorrow.
    In opposition to that film, here in England the BBC just re ran a program on Yellowstone Park’s history, including the ‘re-wolfing’ program, it was wonderful!
    Now wouldn’t a great film for our age be the story, ‘warts and all’, of the wolf, from when Man learned from them, thru’ to their slaughter all over the world, to Seton, Leopold up to the Yellowstone release, ending with Native Americans once again living on their spiritual lands, managing it and an eco-system at least partly returning to its former state.
    I believe the wolf’s story is a metaphor for our times and a lesson and a realisation that we can and have to work with Nature, not conquer her or fight against her, only at our peril.

    • So well put Les. Totally insensitive and I’ve read the wolves in the movie are CG…so they can make them as vicious and snarling as possible.

      This says it all. “I believe the wolf’s story is a metaphor for our times and a lesson and a realisation that we can and have to work with Nature, not conquer her or fight against her, only at our peril.”

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  13. I was furious while I was reading about this disgusting movie! Then when I read that one of my all-time favorite actors was at the bottom of it I was heart sick! I will definitely be contacting Mr. Neeson and anyone else involved in this abomination. I will be also getting everyone I know to boycott this movie as well as letting the theaters know that we are doing it.Just one stupid movie like this can undo the twenty years of work that we have been doing to change the way ignorant people treat wolves.

    • Laurie, I was heart sick when I saw Liam Neeson’s name. He was to terrific in Schindler’s List. What is he thinking? I will never go to see one of his movies again.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

      • I have alot of wolf-advocate friends, and they are all pissed off at liam neeson, and are boycotting all his films.

      • Thank you Sandra!!

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  14. There will be no wolves left at all well before June because of these policies. I have read the hatred of wolves, especially on the wolf videos with music on You Tube from the ignorant and uneducated hunters who constantly spread the lies we all have heard. I posted several times the real truth and was treated so rudely by some of their other clientele. One in particular. One women thinks that wolves are the only other animal on the planet eating the food and depriving humans of that meat from wild game and that it is not fair that the wolves are doing this. She thinks that the few thousand wolves ear more food than over 7 billion people. Nothing I wrote to her registered. I even went online to try to figure the closest current live wolfs in North America for the stats, but evidently due to the dumbing down of the masses, billions is a smaller number than thousands. The fact that wolves maybe catch 2-3% of every 100 animals they go after for food and that they eat the animals that humans would not,did not deter that womans closed mindedness. Truly sad.
    I will still keep telling the truth to the public with the most current info from my state DNR and the new employee there who has taken over Donna’s place.Some people are at least receptive to the truth, so I will keep working away at it.
    I do fear that this time, they will slaughter so many wolves that we will not be able to bring them back again. And just who is keeping track of current kills and as it looks like the limit will be reached in a matter of weeks and not months, who is going to stop the hunters . They will kill anything that resembles a wolf as hunting season is still open, logic does not enter into the mind of many hunters and will they target peoples Malamutes and Huskies next, as they are practically wolves anyway, well some hunters will say that even if yours is leashed and collared in your fenced in yard..
    Also just heard today from my friends insurance company that they are going to crack down on Malamutes and Huskies in the near future. The madness keeps spreading as it doesn’t look like other large dogs are included in this list.

    • deborah….What is this madness against Malamutes and Huskies, the Northern breeds may look like wolves but all dogs are just as related to the wolf. I fear some of what you say is true but wolf advocates are many and we could be a powerful force in the wildlife reformation movement if we would only unite. I was very disappointed to read DOW believes wolves in the Great Lakes Region are recovered. Don’t they understand once the guns start firing those numbers will go down? Wolves weren’t on the ESA only because of numbers but mainly for persecution of their species. It’s a shame they don’t see that. How can anyone be deaf to the hateful, hateful rhetoric directed at wolves? We only have to look to Idaho as what we don’t want to happen to wolves.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

      • I live in northern Minnesota, and heard the other day on the news, that if you feel your livestock, etc., are in danger, you can kill. Thought they were protected! Loved your post,

      • Hi Sandra…yes it’s very sad about Minnesota. They had a wolf management plan in place up until the summer that said if wolves were ever delisted in your state that there would be a five year waiting period on a wolf hunt, with lots of comment periods. But Minnesota changed that this summer, driven I’m sure by the rabid anti wolf crowd. Now Minnesota has planned their 2012 of 400 wolves. The can be killed by trap, bullet or arrow.

        Minnesota DNR details wolf hunting plan

        Up to 6,000 Minnesotans may get the chance to hunt and trap wolves later this year under a plan unveiled Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


        For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  15. We are demanding a DISCLAIMER be put on the movie credits at beginning and end of film – we have asked that this disclaimer clearly state that their depiction and portrayal of wolves is strictly fictitional and false! That wolves, in fact, are shy of man AND are NOT man-eaters or man aggressive!!
    We have mailed off a petition to that effect. Please get involved and call Open Road Films at 310-696-7575 and demand a disclaimer!
    Just FYI – Liam Neeson’s publicist Limato has passed away (that phone call was awkward!) but the other publicist Alan N is alive and well!

    • Thank you Linda for the update on Limato, I’ll remove the number.

      Also thank you for all you’ve done to protest this movie and demand a disclaimer. I hope they are listening, this is not good publicity for a movie company or the actors involved.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  16. I can’t believe what I saw on a french website. This film is also coming to France. I’ll totally have to alert all the people I know to boycott this… Garbage. I know that’s a big word, but that’s it. Show violence, blood, very hard pictures. We saw what happened to sharks when films about sharks attacks came… I’m fed up to see that image put on wolves. Blood-thirsty… They have to go to a slaughter house and we’ll see which mammal is the worst about “meat consumption” and “bloody scenes”. Oh, I forgot. “Humans are evolved creatures”. Yeah… Obviously…

    • Violetta…Thank you for speaking out in France, I imagine this movie will be released all over the world. The wolves in Europe, Russia, Canada and Alaska don’t need this kind of publicity, they are killing them there as well. Canada and Russia are not kind to their wolves at all. Terrible persecution.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  17. I saw an ad for this on tv and almost sent you an e-mail right away, but somehow I got sidtracked. This is just one more in a litany of crap directed @Wolves – from time we are little and listen to Red riding hood! & Peter & The Wolf, etc. etc. we “know” who the bad guys are and they have 4legs not 2! I started keeping a list of the times daily I heard the Wjolf used in a negative context from news programs, to casual conversations to movies, etc. – no wonder no one cares if they are slaughtered. Djo you remember the political ad using Wolves in sheep’s clothing? Right now I am hoping that poor “lone Wolf” going thru California makes it to somewhere w/ other Wolves before one of the livestock nut cases kills him.

    • Pat…So sad, so true. Wolf persecution is global and brutal. They need us more than ever. Thank you for being vigilant for them.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  18. I volunteer & work for the Wildlife Waystation and have the honor & privilege of working closely with wolves & wolf hybrids, amongst other animals. People need to educate themselves about these amazing animals and realize that where the ecosystem is nearly perfect is where they will find wolves. Everything on this earth serves a purpose, great or small, who made man Lord over all else??? We’ve made a huge mess of this planet, it’s time we woke up and listened to the animals for a change. Man changes the environment to suit HIS needs. Animals adapt and evolve for the environment! Now you try & tell me who’s right!?

    • So well said Alyson. Some humans are truly blind. We only have to look at the imbalances in our ecosystems to see what happens when apex predators are removed. That’s why we have so many people dying in deer/auto accidents every year, because their natural predators have been decimated.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  19. I think this Movie Co. and or it’s Producers/Directors could do a little damage control by making a huge contribution to groups who fight for Wolves to live like and Or Friends of Animals. Even local wolf sanctuaries could use the help. Also I would HOPE they add the disclaimer this movie is based on fictional events. Extinction is forever and when we create undue Fear of ANY creature like Jaws did for sharks it most certainly will cause hatred.

  20. Reaction to Corey Rossi’s Resignation over Black Bear Hunting Violations

    by Rhonda McBride

    9:37 PM AKST, January 13, 2012

    Snaring bears and aggressive predator control: causes that Corey Rossi fought for as head of the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation – and also causes being taken up this week at the Alaska Board of Game meeting in Anchorage.

    But on Friday, the first day of meetings, Rossi was conspicuously absent. Even so, he was much the topic of conversation in the hallways outside the meeting.

    His resignation came the day before, when the news broke that Alaska State Troopers have charged Rossi, 51, with hunting violations connected to black bear hunts he guided in 2008.

    Those in the room, who came to protest proposals that would allow hunters to snare more bears, found irony in Rossi’s predicament.

    “It’s a huge embarrassment for Fish and Game to have their director be basically a poacher of wildlife,” said Wade Willis, director of the Science Now Project, an advocacy group for Board of Game issues.

    Willis says Rossi was feared by some Fish and Game biologists.

    “He was there to force predator control and intensive management to the fullest extent,” said Willis. “If they stood up for science, he would take away their funding and remove their ability to progress in their career.”

    Rossi had problems from the start, When he was appointed to the position in 2010, 40 retired biologists signed a letter complaining about his qualifications – mainly because he didn’t have a college degree in science.

    Vic Van Ballenberghe a retired wolf and moose biologist, says he hopes the state will conduct a nationwide search to find his replacement.

    “A Division of Wildlife Conservation director is one of the most important positions in state government,” says Van Ballenberghe, because the director has control of many Alaskan’s supply of wild food.

    “We need a person, first of all, with a college degree in wildlife management and with quite a few years in an agency as an administrator,” said Van Ballenberghe, “a person who has a strong conservation ethic and a proper sense of how wildlife ought to be managed. And that’s not an easy thing to come by, but there are well qualified people in this country, who could fill that role.”

    Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell says she hasn’t had time yet to come up with a process to fill Rossi’s position, but she’s not so sure that someone from outside of Alaska could easily grasp the issues here.

    Campbell also said she couldn’t comment on the alleged hunting violations against Rossi.

    “These are charges and a process is going forward,” said Campbell, who also pointed out that the game violations, all misdemeanor counts, relate to bear kills that occurred before Rossi became Wildlife Conservation director.

    Campbell thanked him for his service.

    “He was a staunch defender of state management rights. That was something we very much appreciated,” said Campbell. “He was a believer in abundance-based management, and he did a lot to incorporate that into the management of the department.”

    Campbell says Dale Rabe, who worked under Rossi, will serve as interim director and will carry out the same policies.

    Greg Roczika, a former Board of Game member, says he’ll miss Rossi, because he put humans first.

    “The one thing we know, when the wolf and the predators start to increase, it’s time to prepare for starvation,” said Rocizka, who was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles and later turned against him over the issue of predator control.

    Rocizka says if Rossi had been on the job years ago, there might be more moose on the dinner table today.

    Knowles says science doesn’t back that up and believes Rossi’s policies have hurt the state’s reputation for sound management.

    The former governor was at the Board of Game meeting to protest plans to expand bear snaring and other practices he says are not only bad policy, but immoral.

    “There was a great concern that the background of the person who filled that position wasn’t scientific,” said Knowles, “that he wouldn’t have policies that made science and ethical behavior important.”

    “Alaskans are passionate about their fish and wildlife resources. And in their passion, everyone’s got a different opinion about what’s the right policy,” said Knowles.

    And regardless of who winds up with the job, that debate won’t go away.

    • Les…Wasn’t he one of the guys Palin picked for the BOG?


      • I believe so, one of her cronies. Now he has gone at least there is a chance that the position (tho I think Palin may have even created the position for this guy) may be filled by someone with the correct CV. So I guess its a good day, a small gain for the wolves, for the wild ones.

    • Does anybody know what “abundance-based management” mean?
      Sounds like big time BS to me, but maybe I am wrong!

      • Astrid..”abundance based management” means kill most of the predators (like the wolf and brown bears) so there will be more moose, caribou and elk for the hunters to kill. It’s pretty much what we’re doing in Montana and Idaho and of course Alaska.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  21. You guys really have no idea what this movie is about. I admit the marketing campaign is a bit deceiving (but there’s really no other way to get asses into seats for a flick like this) but the wolves are not the villains. At no point are you made to hate them. There is no exploitation for the sake of it. If anything the wolves are portrayed more accurately than the majority of films that feature them. Watch the film and educate yourselves before making outlandish claims.

    • John, I’ve watched the trailers, the snarling, vicious wolves, the way they are portrayed. By the way, they look CG, I guess to make them bigger and more menacing. I live in wolf country and don’t need to be educated about them, I know them well and I know wolves don’t act this way around humans. If anyone is lucky enough to see a wild wolf out side a national park it’s thrill and a pleasure not a terrifying experience. Most of the time they are just fleeting glimpses on a hillside. The best place to see wild wolves is in Yellowstone, where they are somewhat habituated from all the visitors. They’ll come close to or cross the road. That’s one of the things that made the Druids so famous because they shared their lives with people in the park. We don’t need negative, growling, snarling vicious wolves with 366 dead in the Montana/Idaho hunts. Pleeeeze.


    • We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilisation surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not our brethren, they are underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

      – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

      • Apologies, 3rd line from the end should read, ‘they are not underlings’.

      • Thank you, Les Grice, for sharing this very rare perspective of a deeply thoughtful man. It puts human arrogance in its place.

  22. Will never understand why the wolf is always trashed when it is proven mother earth needs them here. From what I see living in the west it’s greed by stock growers wanting free or basically free graze for their stock. Of course the big bad wolf will get all the bad like it has thousands of years, you wolf haters should watch and learn from the maybe your family life would be better :-((

  23. Why don’t they make a pro wolf movie?

    • There have been a few, Alpha and Omega was a pro-wolf movie for children. These people won’t make a pro-wolf one probably because this movie was very deliberate. The characters are oil drillers after all. It’s probably made to specifically support the anti-wildlife anti-environment crowd.

  24. Regarding John’s comment: the point is that real wolves don’t act this way. Too many people are still only aware of the mythological wolf, the slavering, bloodthirsty man-eater. Of course, this movie will only heighten wolf hatred and maybe the fanatics in Idaho and Montana, and even Wyoming, will use this to justify their barely veiled plans for wolf extermination in those states. Nabeki, do you think it is a good idea for me to tell people in my community to boycott this movie or will it make them go see it because I brought it up?

  25. I am absolutely boycotting this movie and doing my best to spread the word. Thank you for providing the movie contact info. They will hear from me as will the theaters. I am also writing to the talk shows that have Liam on to promote the silly movie. I did write to the National Parks Conservation Association about this movie and also to comment on their efforts to fight the Alaska Board of Games wolf management plan—aka shoot and kill any way any how— and they wrote back with very encouraging words that public sentiment is in their favor no matter what Hollywood puts out. I wrote to Sierra Club to stop promoting travel to Montana and Alaska and have also put a wolf howl ring tone on my business cell phone. I spread the word about saving wolves all the time now. Everyone must take action too. Just writing on this blog and lamenting the fate of wolves and the inhumanity of man does NOTHING. Get off the computer chair and do something about it.

    • 376 wolves killed in any possible way… the magnitude of this tragedy is overwhelming. Can anybody actually picture 376 dead wolves? Their bodies would probably take a whole field. Packs disrupted, innocent lives cut short while searching for food for their cubs, or playing together, or just resting after a tiring hunt. Animals who never harmed anybody, who just minded their daily lives… To me, it seems like this is the end: a triumphant return of the wolf to the land it belongs to, only to be brutally murdered and pushed back into oblivion, much too soon and much too fast.

      I totlally agree with Mary. Praying and lamenting and rambling about the wolf’s soul and spirit are not going to help. Can we please stop talking about this stupid movie which does not even matter in the big picture and move on to something more productive?

      • Astrid I agree the tragedy is overwhelming. Everyday I look at the heartbreaking numbers as they continue to grow. But the wolves aren’t just numbers, they’re wolf families that are being torn apart, puppies orphaned or killed. It’s an outrage they are getting literally zero tv coverage. Does it have to be 1000 wolves before someone notices? A few of the big orgs aren’t helping by declaring the wolf recovered. That is confusing everyone, we’re not all on the same page. I’m not sure how anyone can consider a population of wolves recovered when as soon as their protections are removed the guns start blazing.

        As for “The Grey”…the reason I’ve spent so much time talking about it is because it’s going to do a lot of damage to wolves. The movie is about a pack of “vicious, rogue wolves who stalk people”. You and I both know that wolves are shy animals, frightened of people and this is not their behavior. But others who are not involved with wolves or who know little about them may take this to heart, be scared by it, may decide the hunts are a good thing, who knows what the fallout will be. Now we learn Neeson and the cast actually ate wolf meat, The animals they fed on were trapped, making it more egregious. The whole thing has turned into a circus side show. But it’s not a harmless movie by any means.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,

    • Mary…I’m so excited about all you are doing. That’s what this blog is all about, educating and promoting action for wolves. We just can’t sit quietly anymore. It’s not going to happen overnight but I believe in the famous quote a 1000 mile journey begins with a single step. Wolf advocates are mighty and I believe we will prevail in the end. We have to.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  26. I’m from Missoula, MT and am totally ashamed of the disgust going on toward wolves! I lived n Hamilton for quite some time. Basically, I think of these narrow minded people as idiot redneck, gun toting idiots. Ignorance may have at one time been bliss, but n todays society their is NO excuse! All Montanans r not like these ignoramuses, which make MT look very bad. But ppl should know for all the MT rednecks there r also environmentalists fighting for the rights of wolves. We may b far and few between, but even one person counts…one person can make a difference.

  27. Kudos to you for this WONDERFUL article, sharing far and wide!

  28. neelson was on the view this morning All the wolves were computerized except the ones running in the open. I,m going to see if I can leave a comment for Whoopie.

    • Thank you Bobette. I will NEVER see a Neeson movie again. This movie came at the worst possible time when wolves are being slaughtered in the hundreds.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  29. Two links Re: The Grey. The first is a WildEarth Guardians campaign against the movie. The second is a link to a review of the movie.

    • Thanks Janet. Many people are speaking out now against this movie!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  30. I read something about hunt wolves to save wolves, I dont understand, what? Is that some kinda joke or lame excuse from some hunter organization or something?

    • Charles…That’s just fish and game “speak” to justify the slaughter of wolves. We can put it in the same category as “harvest”, “abundance management”, cull…etc. The list goes on and one. One thing it all means…wolves will die.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  31. I contacted Defenders of Wildlife about The Grey and was told that they are not launching a boycott against it, but are trying to persuade producers to put Defenders’ wolf fact sheets on their website and a link to them somewhere in the credits. I will put a comment in my local paper urging a boycott and explaining the truth about wolves. There is no guarantee it will be printed, though.

    • Judy….oh so they won’t boycott the movie but they want them to link to their website..uh-huh. What more is there to say to that?

      Thank you Judy for trying to make a difference. Hopefully your paper will print it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  32. I work as a wolf handler at a wolf education facility in the UK. We were approached by the CGI company that animated the wolves to see if they could come and study the movement of our wolves for the film. When we asked about the film and how the wolves would be portrayed they suddenly got very coy and said they would find somewhere else to do their research. I think that says it all about how the wolves are shown in the finished film!

    • Thank you Nikki for sharing that, you are so right, they knew exactly what they were doing. Heinous, heinous.

      I hope we will get a chance to see Wolves Unleashed fairly soon. What a difference that will be.

      For the wolves, For the wild one,

      • I got a message in reply to mine (which isn’t showing here) which said – “have you ever tried to handle wild wolves? or yearlings captured from the wild?” I’m presuming it’s asked in good faith so the answer is, of course not, that would be foolhardy. Wild wolves can only be handled when sedated (for radio collaring, etc) as they have a healthy natural fear of people. If you cornered one and it couldn’t escape it would probably bite you as a last resort – it would do everything to get away from you first. As for captured yearlings, they shouldn’t be being taken out of the wild as there is no way you can socialise an adult wild wolf to people. Our wolves come from long lines of captive animals and are hand-raised from 10 days old so they accept people. Even captive wolves that aren’t hand-raised are wary of people – we have one as a companion for one of our socialised females and we don’t make any attempts to handle him as it would be too stressful for him and therefore dangerous to us. I’m not saying wolves aren’t dangerous – they are an apex predator after all – but you don’t see bears being demonised in the same way and they kill or injure more people than wolves do!

  33. The Sierra Club just sent me their e-newsletter with a link to an actual radio interview with Joe Carnahan (screenwriter/director) and Frank Grillo (actor) for “The Grey”. They discussed with the Sierra Club interviewer that they were not demonizing the wolf but using it as a metaphor for “a force of nature”. What kind of double speak is this?
    The more I listened, the bigger the knot in my stomach got. I think I’m going to be sick……….anyway I am not too big a fan of the Sierra Club at this time.

    • Me neither Janet. I believe they approve of hunting? Didn’t Paul Watson resign because of that?

      A force of nature? Doesn’t this guy read the news, wolves are DYING every day and he decides to make a movie about stalking, killer wolves? Makes me sick. It’s all about the sensationalism. We’ve probably given him lots of free publicity but we couldn’t stay silent over this.

      It’s up to the grass roots wolf movement to speak out, we can’t wait for the big orgs to do it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones.


  35. The Grey actors try to justify the movie. Let’s leave our comments.

    • Thanks Nancy for the link. They don’t have a leg to stand on. Pure sensationalism at a time when wolves are dying in the hundreds. They are beneath my contempt for what they’ve done.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  36. This is why we need new, young film producers with positive perspectives on these beautiful creatures! I would give anything to make a children’s movie that shines a positive light on wolves. In movies wolves are depicted as monsters, villains, savage serial killers and demons even though a true media representation of wolves should be loving parents, caring families, bravery, loyalty and heroes. I hope that one day at least one of my novels featuring wolves in this spotlight will hit the big screens, it would make my life worthwhile living.

  37. I rescue wolves & wolf -dogs bred by foolish people that think it is a “cool thing” to do so.The abuse and neglect that I see is horrific. If these animals are dumped @ the Pounds in all cities around the US, they are the first to be killed=deemed EXOTIC.
    I KNOW how amazing these animals are. I go to schools and lecture all over Albuquerque w/ these animals in hopes of EDUCATING the world, one school at a time, of how brilliant they truly are.
    This movie is undermining all of the pains-taking, life- work I have been doing.
    As usual, it is GREED & SENSATIONALISM that is propelling Hollywood to continue pumping out more crap.
    All for the $$$$.
    The money would and could be better spent on a movie that EDUCATES—not tears down with fear and untruths. (contact me if you need my help–no joke)
    I pray in my life time, it all changes for the better and the balance of nature emerges.
    Like I always say at my lectures—-“wolves have a voice—I am just their translator”.
    A great being has said–“Despite Human Ignorance, Nature Endures”.
    I pray for us all.
    We need it!

  38. Here is more contact information for those responsible for this crap, courtesy of WildEarth Guardians:

    Produced by: 1984 Private Defense Contractors (no address found) Produced by: Liddell Entertainment, 4250 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010 phone 323 936-8600 Produced by: Scott Free Productions, 9348 Civic Center Dr. Mezzaine, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Financed by: Comerica Entertainment, 9777 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Fl, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

  39. “The Jaws effect”: where media changes the mind of a perfectly sensible citizen in a crazed animal killer based off fear.

  40. A howl full of sadness from a young pup because of the deaf of it`s parents`.It should not happen.It`s unfair to them.So stop the killing of the WOLVES NOW***************.

  41. you should post this image an watch the tears and frustration really flare up

  42. Star Neeson and director Carnahan talk to the Examiner about the Grey, in the interview Carnahan mentions what animal advocates have said in advance of the films opening.

  43. I think it’s total hogwash that Joe Carnahan claims not to be demonizing wolves. Roger Ebert said after seeing The Grey: “When I learned about Sarah Palin hunting wolves from a helicopter, my sensibilities were tested, but after this film, I was ready to call in more helicopters”. The USA Today review said “the wolves come off as more brutal than bears, sharks, and anacondas combined”.

  44. I saw this film (without box office contribution) and I am shocked that this would ever be seen as okay.
    Review can be found here:

    (locker room language zone)

  45. People without actual knowledge have the power to shoot such movies, and other people without a clue watch them and reorganize their thoughts. I guess this is the way of the tao.

    The truth is ;

    Wolves are way better than humans, they’re honest and pure creatures, and they stay away from people, and second of all, better make a movie about humans destroying wolves lives since 1800s.

    I love wolves with all my heart and soul, and i hate people with all my heart and soul, you do the maths.

  46. It is outraging that those people still want to demonize wolves in spitebof all the suffering they have gone through, it’s not fair for wolves and us that will feel the pain of each wolf that has been slaughtered, I will do ANYTHING to stop this, I’m in high school. I was born to be with the wolves, maybe nit luckybenough to be born near the rockies just as Laredo TX is but I promise with my life I’ll go for it…….SAVE, RESPECT, PROTECT…….

  47. Just watched this with my husband on DVD and am so upset I can’t sleep. Shame on Liam, especially. What is the current update on efforts to contact his publicist and the movie producers, etc.? What has Defenders of Wildlife (and/or other wildlife organizations) done? Anyone know?

    How sad to see this sort of propaganda. Very damaging. This film will be out for years doing more damage to the wolf’s reputation. We need a movie from the other perspective that shows the wolf haters up for who they are. It needs to be a brilliant movie with brilliant actors.

    I really wonder if Liam honestly had a clue about the situation with wolves and if not—-again—-SHAME ON HIM.

    • I know, this movie is a huge moral attack to the innocent wolves. Did you know that the props in thw movie used actual wolf corpses? They also ATE wolf stew..I AM NOT KIDDING, THEY ATE WOLF..this is a total declaration of war to wolves, what will children who saw the movie will think of wolves? I love wolves and I tooo that movie off the TV in my house, everyone complained, but I explained why and agreed..Even people who are not devoted to wolves could notice that the movie was stupid and a lie in all of it’s aspects.
      Thanks for caring, Daniel.

  48. I saw this movie come up in my Netflix queue. I like Liam Neeson but did not want to watch wolves being hurt. I then googled for others who felt the same way as me and found your blog. I love wolves!!!! And will never watch this movie.

  49. I am very annoyed about how wolves are portrayed in “They Gray” and other forms of media. The other day I read an article about wolves that was so ridiculous I can’t even describe the stupidity if it. See for yourself:,32170/

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