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Movie Debuts At International Wolf Center

There were no red carpets nor tuxedos for a recent film premiere in Ely. But the stars of the film were dressed in their finest fur coats. In this week's nature matters David Hoole offers a look at the new film "The Lords of Nature; Life in a Land of Great Predators".
/ Source: KBJR-TV

There were no red carpets nor tuxedos for a recent film premiere in Ely. But the stars of the film were dressed in their finest fur coats.

In this week's nature matters David Hoole offers a look at the new film "The Lords of Nature; Life in a Land of Great Predators".

Moviegoers arrived early to get a good seat at the International Wolf Center in Ely.

Excited photographers snapped photos of the stars as they arrived.

The residents of the Wolf Center seemed interested in what was going on inside.

But the humans kept their distance.

"We understand that wolves are not cuddly animals. They have big teeth and they love to eat things and that's okay because that's what they're made to do."

The film's champion, Aldo Leopold, was a conservation activist in the early 1940's. He worked to teach a lesson of the benefits of large predators and introduced a concept of nature's Self Renewal.

By that he meant the soils, the waters, the plants.

The animals and our own human communities, that was a revolutionary new definition of conservation.

Throughout history wolves have been vilified as "the big bad wolf", facing eradication in many places.

In Yellowstone National Park this caused major problems.

In the early 1990's wolves were re introduced and the area began to change.

"There are too many Elk because there were no predators so they were just eating down the trees. The elk and deer, they were just eating down the trees before they could hardly grow and then when the wolves came they kept down the elk population so the trees could grow."

"The wolf is pretty highly respected in this area. There are a lot of people in my age group that have not really been raised with the management of the wolf in the way that they're doing today. This movie has given a lot of perspective as to what the wolf can do in our environment."

"The mountains and canyons are calling for their wild hunters to come home. There may still be room enough out there if there is room enough in the human heart."