Best of Wolf & Wildlife Films of 2022

We recommend you watch the following films.  Over the last decade or so films that bring to light the plights of iconic predators such as gray wolves and grizzlies have been produced.  We present to you the following films.

  The Beast of Our Time  The film, which features conversations with celebrated authors such as Terry Tempest Williams, Doug Peacock and Rick Bass, is both a dire warning and a compelling call to action to advocating for habitat protection, connectivity, tolerance and co-existence, highway wildlife crossings, and room to roam. The Beast of Our Time is a fifty-years-in-the-making, unflinching inquiry into the relationship between climate change and grizzly bears, narrated by one of America’s most passionate storytellers, Jeff Bridges. Top scientists, advocates, authors, filmmakers, and poets band together to investigate, and find the fates of both grizzly bears and humans to be more interlinked than we ever suspected. Climate change has mingled our destinies. Join us on a journey into the heart of the American West, and its last remnants of a once-great nation of grizzly bears. We will visit with multiple generations of ranchers who have learned to co-exist in grizzly country and hear predictions from leading scientists. Buffeted with stunning cinematic vignettes and pleas for the wild, the film is part documentary, a part love story. The Beast of Our Time is both a dire warning and a compelling call to action that delves into the catastrophic effects of climate change on grizzly bear habitat. The story is rivaled by the striking cinematography that brings viewers right onto the landscape, walking side by side with this imperiled population of grizzly bears.


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The Beast of Our Time was created and produced by Save the Yellowstone Grizzly and sponsored by Patagonia and the Sierra Club. Executive producers are Doug Peacock and Dan Sullivan.   


Medicine of the Wolf

Filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into “wolf country” to pursue the deep intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him.
Takaya: Lone Wolf – International Wildlife Film Festival Told by Sheryl Alexander, photographer, and environmentalist, this documentary traces the remarkable journey of Takaya, a lone wolf that made the islands off of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, his home. Last year, it was hoped that a female wolf in the area would end Takaya’s loneliness. And that’s where this documentary ends, on a hopeful note in 2019. Last month, however, Takaya was killed by a hunter. While Takaya’s end is tragic, his near-decade life is one of overcoming the odds and thriving in the unlikeliest of places. As an honorable mention of Takaya’s story, I also recommend Takaya: The Wolf That Waits, available on YouTube.



Gray Area; Wolves of the Southwest

Narrated by ecologist Chris Morgan, this documentary explores the race to save another unique wolf population in the Southwestern US. Mexican gray wolves were nearly extinct before a team of US Fish and Wildlife biologists started a captive breeding program. This film follows scientists as they work to restore this iconic symbol of the southwest. BLU-RAYS NOW AVAILABLE! OR WATCH ONLINE      


Wolves in Wisconsin – Wisconsin Public Television

This documentary first aired almost a decade ago but the story of the wolves in the state never gets old. Divided into three parts, the program tracks the history of wolves in the region, from their cultural significance to Native Americans, to their extirpation, and finally to their return. In the one-hour film the narrator tracks the unique challenges of wolves in Wisconsin. Toward the second half, a premiere wolf biologist, David Mech, offers insightful interviews on how the return of wolves is impacting the local communities.

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