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Old 11-11-2017, 04:46 PM
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I've been pigging out on documentaries, & this one is especially fascinating -
Gregory Buchanan, a wildlife-cameraman, spent 3-mos just below the North Pole on Ellesmere Isl, observing a family of 6 adults & 3 pups; the litter was just 4-WO when he arrived.

I’ll always get as close as I can, it’s how you learn the most says Ipswich Corn Exchange bound filmmaker Gordon Buchanan - What's on and things to do in Suffolk - East Anglian Daily Times

In this extremely-remote place, it's unlikely these wolves have even seen a human being in their lives; there are no settlements, no villages, & very rarely, a whale-hunt might pass by the coastline, but no ppl live here.
They haven't been persecuted or hunted, & they are curious & bold. Within 10-mins of the helicopter departing after dropping him & his gear off, an adolescent male is circling him, wondering what this beast is.

The landscape is enormous, & Arctic wolves have the largest territories of any wolf species - they cover miles & miles in search of food; musk-ox are their primary large prey, & lemmings, snowshoe hares, & geese eggs or geese themselves in summer, are the snack-foods.
Seeing over-100# wolves reduced to wisps of fluff by the vast terrain is incredible.

The co-operative behavior of family life is clearly seen - all 6 adults hunt for the pups, 1st by hunting to feed their mum, while the pups are nursing & tiny, then directly, by urping-up meat from kills or bringing in small animals, mostly hares, when the pups start eating solid food.
Scruffy, the teen-M, brought in a bellyful of lemmings, one day.

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Sounds a lot like Never Cry Wolf, another story of a man who learned that wolves aren't the vicious indiscriminate killers a lot of people think they are.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Cry_Wolf
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Red face sorta.



It's similar in conclusions -
'Never Cry Wolf' was an unsubstantiated memoir, & Mowat is notorious for never letting facts stand in the way of a good story. Also, Farley's wolves were survivors of an extermination program - ongoing for over a century, at that time.

'Snow Wolf' is shot on scene; there's ample documentation of their behavior, & the Arctic wolves are naive; they've never been exposed to humans, & have no history of persecution.


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