Doug Smith of the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone Discuses the Question of Surplus Killing: Do wolves kill for sport, or kill more than they can eat?

 Q & A: Wolves, Doug Smith  Wolves do not kill for sport. But will they kill more than they can immediately eat? The answer is yes if the conditions are right and they will come back to eat off the kills. (Paraphrased from Doug Smith’s answer) 

Doug Smith is the project leader for the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone and has been with the program since its inception. Doug has studied wolves for over 20 years. Prior to Yellowstone, he worked with wolves in Michigan (Isle Royale National Park) and Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho, a Master of Science in Biology from Michigan Technological University, and a PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology.

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The Bozeman Film Society kicks off it’s inaugural Science on Screen (SoS) Series on March 30th

The Bozeman Film Society kicks off it’s inaugural Science on Screen (SoS) Series on March 30th with gorgeous coming of age drama, DRUID PEAK. Director Marni Zelnick & executive producer, Maureen Mayer, along with scientists, Dr. Doug Smith, lead biologist of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, and Dr. Katey Franklin, director of MSU Human Development Clinic and Addictions Counseling Program will join us for this special opening night SoS event.

Funded by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, BFS is one of only 23 independent non-profit cinemas from across the country awarded grants to implement a SoS program at their theater. Now in its 9th year, Science on Screen provides national funding to expand film and scientific literacy by creatively pairing films with lively expert presentations by local scientists.
A recipient of the Sloan Foundation Feature Film Production Award, Druid Peak is set against the backdrop of the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone National Park – a redemptive coming of age story with a conservation twist. Troubled teenager, Owen (Spencer Treat Clark,) whose mom, unable to control him, is shipped off to the wilds of Wyoming, where his estranged father (Andrew Wilson) works as a Yellowstone wolf biologist. Shot on location in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and West Virginia, the film portrays the power of wilderness in the human experience. The LA Times calls the film, “Enlightening… and Undeniably Gorgeous.” Rated PG-13 (for brief language), the film runs 115 minutes
A short introduction, ‘Wolves & Teens: “Un-Packing” Social Creatures’ will be presented by scientists Doug Smith and Katey Franklin. They will be joined for a panel discussion after the screening by Druid Peak writer/director Marni Zelnick, and executive producer Maureen Mayer. The screening is a collaboration with the Montana Outdoor Science School and the Montana Environmental Education Association.
Other Science On Screen films include Jurassic World, Saturday, April 30th at 3 pm & 7 pm with renowned Paleontologist, Dr. Jack Horner, and The Martian on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm with Dr. Mac Burgess, MSU Plant Science and Plant Pathology.
All Science on Screen Presentations begin at 7:00 PM 

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