Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo | PBS

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“For thousands of years, wolves hunted buffalo across the vast North American plains, until the westward settlement of the continent saw the virtual extinction of these vast herds and their eternal predators. However, this ancient relationship was not lost altogether and continues uninterrupted in only one location — the northern edge of Canada’s central plains in a place named Wood Buffalo National Park. Today, the descendants of those ancient buffalo and wolves still engage in the epic life-and-death dramas across this northern land. Their story is captured in thrilling cinematic glory by a lone filmmaker who has followed them for more than 20 years.”….NatureOnline


Cold Warriors alpha male

Alpha Male Delta Pack (Courtesy PBS)

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Photo: Courtesy PBS dot Org

Posted in: Gray Wolves, Biodiversity, Buffalo

Tags: Buffalo, Wood Buffalo National Park Canada, 11 million acre park, the role of predators, Delta Pack, Wildlife Filmmaker Jeff Turner

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  1. I saw this the other night on a local channel here in Michigan! It was awesome … If I’m right, he followed this pack for over a year, tracking the pups … the hunting techniques that wolves use to get food … It was truly a beautiful tribute to wolves and their true forms …

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    • I watched it too Janet, I was so impressed with the big alpha male, he truly is a beautiful, powerful animal, what a tremendous provider for his family. I thought I would find it online so others who haven’t watched this amazing program could do so.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  2. GOD’S WORD! GOD’S PLAN!

    Isaiah 11:6-8: The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
    They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

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    • The only animals that don’t follow that wisdom is the human!! I believe that Mother Nature will solve that anomaly in her plan soon.

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  3. Fantastic program! Fantastic wolves and bison! Thanks to the person who created this and you for posting it. It is totally amazing how the beautiful alpha mail was able to run passed the nearby bison and find the one in the distance who was weak and about to die, from illness or age. Wolves and bison and all wildlife are miracles of evolution indeed. Leave them alone and let them live!!

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  4. Fantastic program! Fantastic wolves and bison! Thanks to the person who created this and you for posting it. It is totally amazing how the beautiful alpha male was able to run passed the nearby bison and find the one in the distance who was weak and about to die, from illness or age. Wolves and bison and all wildlife are miracles of evolution indeed. Leave them alone and let them live!!

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  5. Beautiful 3.1/2 minutes, but when I tried watching the whole video, I was informed that “due to restrictions it was not available in my reigion” (comes from being non-US resident) – would have loved to watch it all.

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    • Oh, I’m so sorry gitte..I was trying to find the version that allows non us residents to watch it but I guess PBS restricts it. It’s so amazing.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  6. **Spoiler** – don’t read if you haven’t seen the program!

    It was beautiful – and thet.tiw wolves don’t always make a kill. Nature knows best and provides the perfect balance. Our feeble attempts at animal population management are unnatural.

    I especially loved the last few scenes, where the male buffalo passed on naturally from old age, and the wolves seemed to have a sixth sense about it. The buffalo provided food for the entire pack and for other animals.

    And that terrible-looking Canadian tar sands project!

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  7. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

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  8. Great comment, Syd!

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  9. We saw it last week on our local PBS and it was a remarkable piece of work .. So great to see the wolves in action and I love them even more than before. .. Amazing self sustaining beings .. We commented that he should have mentioned how endangered they are and being slaughtered in the US … The media needs to know .. I suggest people write their comment line thank them for the show and would like to know more about the wolf and the violent policies that are killing them.. In the usa and issues surrounding the tar sands and the keystone pipeline …Another show needs to be aired and issues discussed.
    We must Stop the violence against our wildlife

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    • Rebecca…I enjoyed this show so much. The alpha male was an amazing animal. The way he flew past the first herd of buffalo and chased down an old bull who was ready to die. He know there was something wrong with that bull. That is how predators keep ungulate herds sound and healthy. Seeing the wolves run free without humans around was such a great experience. Too bad that oil shale plant is so close. I hope they don’t start chipping away at Wood Buffalo National Park, taking away acreage for oil shale. But for now the wolves and buffalo and all the other wildlife have 11 million acres of pristine wilderness to roam on.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  10. A little more info:
    I live where the Ute Indians lived. They lived side by side with the wolf.
    they also hunted bison.The Utes used every part of the bison.
    They ate the meat, they used the fur and what I find most interesting
    is they used the bladder of the bison to carry water. They also used the sinu,(spelling?) which is very near the bone, to sew clothes. Nothing went to waste. Just like the wolves. Is there something to be learned here?
    I live in the Colorado Rockies and when we go camping we drive through the southern end of South Park. There is a herd of bison that live there. My heart aches when I look at the fence keeping them closed in.
    The bison used to be called “Thunder Beast” they were given that name because there were so many of them that when they ran on the wide open spaces they sounded like thunder.
    The video was so bitter sweet for I don’t want anyone to die. But that is the way of our world,
    Howl with your friends, Christy

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    • Great comment Christy. The Native Americans relied on the buffalo for everything and that’s why the US government wanted them exterminated to break the Indians spirit and their way of life. It’s so tragic. Not only that but the buffalo in Yellowstone can be killed and hazed if they leave the park for their Spring grazing grounds. The Montana Cattlemens Assoc brings up the Brucellosis scare every year, even though elk carry Brucellosis and mingle with cows all the time. Visit the Buffalo Field Campaign to learn more about the war against Yellowstone’s buffalo. They’ve killed over 7000 Yellowstone buffalo since 1985.

      Buffalo Field Campaign
      http://buffalofieldcampaign.org/

      Total Yellowstone Buffalo Killed
      Winter 2012/2013
      137
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      (past counts)
      Yellowstone Buffalo Killed Winter 2007/2008
      1631
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      Yellowstone Buffalo Killed
      Since 1985
      7,068

      For the wolves, For the buffalo,
      Nabeki

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  11. Good response, Rebecca. It will be a great day for wolves and for those of us who respect and love them, when these documentarians go the next step and tell everyone about the hideous persecution and massacre of wolves by sadists and morons. It will help us put a stop to the killing, permanently.

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    • Yes Robert I agree! It can’t just be a great film the truth needs to be told to a sleeping nation
      Our campaign should be
      Stop the Violence against Wildlife
      S-VAW
      Just like the campaign now with a billion supporters called ” stop the Violence against Women”
      A billion women signed up ! We can get people to support S-VAW .. Since the wildlife can’t speak for themselves … !

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  12. That is a wonderful idea. Stop the violence against wildlife for that is all it is. It isn’t for the protection of the cattle. It isn’t for the protection of the elk so that there will be enough left for the hunters to kill. It is just violence. If they weren’t killing wolves, they would be visiting more shopping malls, school, theaters and god knows what to shoot people.! I love you all. You are my pack. Thank you Nabeki for that and all the other priceless information that makes my wild spirit surge.

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    • Nancy…you’re welcome, knowledge is power and the more we expose what’s happening to wolves and get this information out to the general public, the faster we can get wolves relisted. The USFWS is sitting there watching this insanity in the wolf states and not lifting one finger. They can see that wolves in Yellowstone have been cut off and if they step one toe out of the park they can be shot. The USFWS knows wolves are not a problem and this is all Kabuki theater.

      We are making progress, we can’t give up.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  13. Reblogged this on Carinas space.

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