Category Archives: Films about wolves

A Glimpse of Spring From the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

From filmmaker Maaike Middleton

Nature Moment: Bear with us (Part 1): What’s that…smell?

All bears have a fantastic sense of smell. The area inside a black bear’s nose, called the nasal mucosa, is 100 times greater than ours. This young black bear (Ursus americanus) smelled something’s not right and had to go sniff it out.

Part 2 of this video to come later this week. Stay tuned.

Maybe shorten the fun fact to this length? And then add your usual credit shout-out at the end.

Fun fact:
What does the American black bear eat?
American black bears are omnivorous, consuming a range of grasses, fruits, roots, nuts, mammals, fish, carrion and honey. They are opportunistic eaters, feeding on whatever is available at the time. ( credit

Nature Moment: This masked bandit is making a run for it. Whether you live in the country or the city, you’ve probably had a run-in with raccoons. They can be found all over.
Fun fact:
Their masks aren’t just for show.
Thanks to the black markings that fall across their eyes, raccoons have been typecast as the conniving thief or trickster figure in stories for centuries. But their famous black masks do more than make them look like adorable outlaws—they also help them see clearly. The black fur works just like the black stickers athletes wear under their eyes: The dark color absorbs incoming light, reducing glare that would otherwise bounce into their eyes and obstruct their vision. At night, when raccoons are most active, less peripheral light makes it easier for them to perceive contrast in the objects of their focus, which is essential for seeing in the dark. ( Credit @mental_floss )

Nature Moment: 🎶On the way home, you don’t ever have to feel alone… 🎶 (On The Way Home, @johnmayer )

Two adult mountain lions showing that they are not solitary animals like many thought.

Fun Fact:
Cougars live in low-densities on the land–a single cougar requires 50 to 100 square miles to breed, raise young, and hunt. Both males and females are highly territorial and maintain and defend their chosen home ranges from other cougars. Females can be tolerant of slight overlaps in their territories with other females. However, males will defend their home ranges against transgressions by other males. (Credit:

Nature Moment: Lunch anyone? Here’s a great blue heron pondering his next meal at a new fishing spot. With the soothing sound of rushing water and crisp greenery, he definitely has the best table in the house.

Great Blue Herons hunt from shallow water, moving slowly and searching the water under the surface. They will eat whatever they can catch including frogs, snakes, crayfish, fish, small mammals and even other birds. They will snag smaller prey with their strong mandibles or can use their sharp, dagger-like bills to impale larger creatures.

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Nature Moment: A red fox takes a look around as the birds tell him he’s not a welcomed visitor. (No little prince here, fox!)

If you look closely at his fur coat you can see that he’s shedding his winter jacket for his sleek summer coat.

Fun fact: Like a cat’s, the fox’s thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. A fox uses its tail (or “brush”) as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.

Nature moment: a young mountain lion checking out the camera while feeling his distance…….
Mountain lions will cache their kills under bushes and cover them with grass so that birds such as eagles or magpies can’t find their kills. Think of it as a refrigerator for a mountain lion!

About Maaike Middleton

Maaike Middleton is a wildlife filmmaker. She was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Montana. She has traveled the globe filming wildlife from pumas in Patagonia, the illusive Amur tiger in the Russian Far East and grizzlies in her backyard. Maaike is passionate about telling stories that can make a difference and address issues that impact us all. When she is not setting camera traps to capture animal behavior she is watching films and helping with the selection process for the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam. She received her MA from University of London- Royal Holloway. BA Montana State University- Bozeman. She has worked on projects for Smithsonian, Nat Geo, Curiosity Stream, BBC Nature, PBS and ARTE.

Maaike Middleton

Maaike Middleton is Co Producer of Inside the Heart of Wolf Advocacy: The Yellowstone Story

Our fiscal sponsor is Film North click here to make a donation. Meet the Advocates inside the Heart of Wolf Advocacy-The Yellowstone Story

The Trailer

A film project in the works.

This documentary tells the story of advocates working to preserve the legacy of Yellowstone National Park wolves that face an uncertain future because of legal hunts just beyond the park’s border. A famous wolf, known as 06, was killed in a legal wolf hunt when she left the park’s sanctuary in 2012. Six years later 06’s daughter, known as Spitfire, wolf 926F suffered the same fate in November 2018. Today, Wolves in Yellowstone have become the “rock stars” of their species due to the hundreds of thousands of people that venture into the park hoping for a glimpse of a Yellowstone wolf. The death of 06 and other collared wolves has ignited a battle to create a buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park to protect it’s wolves because legal trophy hunts take place in Wyoming, Idaho & Montana. The film is set in our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. By 1926, as a result of federal and state predator control efforts, gray wolves (Canis lupus) were officially extirpated from Yellowstone National Park. Northern Rocky Mountain wolves were eventually listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973.

The film’s fiscal sponsor: FilmNorth’s mission is to empower artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers. We achieve our mission by nurturing a vibrant, diverse community of film and media artists; providing education and resources at every stage of their careers; and celebrating their achievements.

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“Medicine of the Wolf” will be screened this Thursday, July 20th, at the Black Earth Public Library 

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Black Earth PL and Briana Burns Memorial, Black Earth Public Library Event 

Medicine of the Wolf: Movie Screening and Discussion with Peter David and Patricia McConnell. 

Thursday,  July 20, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Black Earth Public Library address & contact information click HERE 1210 Mills Street, PO Box 347, Black Earth, WI 53515 (608) 767-4905

Medicine of the Wolf, Produced and Directed by Julia Huffman featuring renowned NG Photographer Jim Brandenburg.  Medicine of the Wolf takes you into wolf country to pursue the intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him. The film features captivating footage and testimony from world renowned wildlife photographer, Jim Brandenburg.

 The film is 75 minutes and will be followed by discussion with Peter David and Patricia McConnell. 
The film is 75 minutes and will be followed by discussion with Peter David and Patricia McConnell.

Peter David is a wildlife biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. He has written a chapter in Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States on “Ma’iingan and the Ojibwe” in which he explores the significance of wolf recovery in the western Great Lakes region to one group of people—those known to others as the Ojibwe or Chippewa, and to themselves as the Anishinabe. He will discuss the implications of this relationship on wolf policy in Wisconsin.

Patricia McConnell, PhD, is an internationally known zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has treated behavior problems in dogs for over twenty-five years. She speaks around the world about canine behavior and training, and is the author of fourteen books, including the critically acclaimed The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do around Dogs. Her memoir, The Education of Will: a Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog was released in February 2017. She lives with her dogs and husband on a small farm near Madison, Wisconsin and has worked with others for several years toward the inclusion of science and soul in policy decisions regarding the management of wolves.


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Medicine of the Wolf featuring captivating footage and testimony from world renown wildlife photographer, Jim Brandenburg, a filmmaker travels into wolf country to pursue the intrinsic value of brother wolf and its forgotten promise to him. Produced and directed by Julia Huffman. 

Boy And Wolf A Short Film For Kids By Stephen Reynolds

 Boy and Wolf

The size of your heart is all that matters 

Boy and Wolf is a sentimental drama which explores the story of an orphaned eight year old boy, WILL, and his relationship with a wild WOLF that lives in the woods near his grandfathers house deep in the English Countryside that he befriends after it protects him during an encounter with three Bullies. The two lonely strangers bond and soon they develop a friendship that Will will remember for the rest of his life. The film is planning to be shot by Filmmaker Stephen Reynolds in the Spring of 2012 in and around Hay-on-Wye near the Brecon Beacons.


Stephen Reynolds Biography

From a background of self funded short films, British Writer/Director Stephen Reynolds blasted onto the UK film scene in 2013 with his debut feature ‘Vendetta’. He is known for his fast paced shooting style and energy whilst maintaining a strong and slick visual aesthetic. After no one picked up the phone to him following the success of Vendetta in the UK he got on a plane and flew to Los Angeles to knock on some doors, catching the eye of WWE Studios and soon followed up with the actioner 12 Rounds3:Lockdownwhich he shot in 15 days. Stephen is fast becoming a rising entity on the action movie scene and is actively writing new material.  Source

Never Cry Wolf is a True Story About a Government Determined to Scapegoat Wolves

A never ending story…

A government researcher, sent to research the “menace” of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Never Cry Wolf is a 1983 American drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film is an adaption of Farley Mowat’s 1963 autobiography Never Cry Wolf and stars Charles Martin Smith as a government biologist sent into the wilderness to study the caribou population, whose decline is believed to be caused by wolves, even though no one has seen a wolf kill a caribou. The film also features Brian Dennehy and Zachary Ittimangnaq.

“And this is what happened, and this is why the caribou and the wolf are one; for the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.”  ― Farley Mowat


Will humankind ever learn from the lessons of the past? 

Never Cry Wolf was the film where I first fell in love with the wolf. ~ Rachel