I wanna know also...Why was some redneck with a gun allowed to shoot She Wolf, a Yellowstone treasure? Its really sickening that someone with half a brain would be allowed to kill She Wolf. Even if she was out of the park, she was hungry. Boils my blood to say the least.
Spoiler alert! - if you haven't seen the film, please don't read further, as I am asking a question about something very important that happens. I don't want to ruin this for anyone.
I want to ask the makers of the film why the hunter shot a wolf with a research collar on it, if they know. Was the pack attacking livestock or humans? If not, why on earth was a wolf with a research collar a target? We watched this episode on Sunday after recording it, and my kids and I just cried. They couldn't understand why this happened, and I had no good explanation for them. If there is an answer, I'm sure I am not the only one who would like to know. Animals die in the wild for natural reasons, such as disease, being killed by a stronger pack, starvation, etc. That my kids can understand, even though it is very sad to watch. They cannot understand why a human would kill such a beautiful creature unless humans or livestock are truly in danger.
Please release this on DVD - it is the only way many of us will get to seeing it. I am in Australia and we don't get this channel. I did have the honour of seeing 06 when I visited Yellowstone and was deeply saddened by her tragic and unnecessary death so I would love to have a chance to remember her. Many thanks, Judith
I had written, for our video record, about our experience of seeing Wolf 06 in the year 2012. Here is what is in my record and our experience on that, what turned out to be, a very special day. Our great grandson, Liam, at the end of the day said, "this was a fun and exciting day." We have been to Yellowstone so many times prior to this visit, but had never ever seen a wolf. We were so glad to have changed our day plans as you will see when you read my note. I, along with many others, were heartbroken when we learned of the death of 06.
May 15, 2012
We Would Be Staying One Night, Our Last Night In Yellowstone, In A Cabin In The Old Faithful Area.On The Previous Nights We Had Stayed Two Nights In A Lake Hotel Cabin And Two Nights At The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Instead Of Spending The Day In The Old Faithful Area, I Thought It Would Be Good To Go Back One Last Time To The Lamar Valley Where We Might See Something Interesting.
Our Original Intention Had Been To Tour, As We Had In Past Years, The Lower Geyser Basin Or Hike A Trail Near There.I Decided That The Old Faithful Area Was Too Hot To Do Anything This Day, Other Than To Watch The Old Faithful Geyser Two Times.
Larry Agreed With This Assessment.
Off We Went To The Lamar Valley.I, Mary, Drove The Long Distance From The Old Faithful Area To The Lamar Valley.
While On The Northeast Entrance Road, Larry Needed To Find A Rest Stop.Since We Had Been To The Lamar Valley Many Times Already On This Trip, We Were Now Familiar With The Road And The Area.However, I Missed The Rest Stop Larry Had In Mind.No Problem.We Would Just Go To The Next One, Just Down The Road.
We Had Been At This Same Rest Stop On A Previous Day.During That Stop, While Waiting For Larry And Liam To Return To The Van, I Had Turned The Van Around So That I Was Facing The Mountain And Not The Meadow.On That Day Nothing Was There....Until Three Or More Bison Appeared Before Me To Stroll Down The Hill.
So Here We Were, Back At The Same Rest Stop.I Decided To Back In Once Again And Face The Empty Scene On The Mountain.I Did Not Hold Much Hope For Seeing Anything, But There Is Always Hope.Larry And Liam Left For Their Needs And Then Returned To The Van.Out Of Nowhere, It Seemed, A Lonely Elk Came Running Down The Mountain.She Appeared To Be Running Very Fast For No Reason That We Could Discern Until We Saw The Wolf In Hot Pursuit Just Behind Her.This Was, We Later Learned, Wolf 06.I Could Not Get My Video Camcorder To Work Fast Enough So Only Got The Tail End Of The Running Animals In Front Of Us.They Both Crossed The Road, Out Of Our Sight.
Larry Could Not Walk Or Hike So It Was Up To Liam And Me To See What We Could.I Was Apprehensive To Go Into The Field Alone With A Five Year Old.Besides My Apprehension, The Signs Said, “Do Not Enter This Area”.We Abided By This.People Then Came From Somewhere Down The Road And Headed Down The Trail Toward The River.One Lady Told Me That The Signs Only Applied To The Land To The Left Of Us.Liam And I Went With These People Until They Turned Back.I Thought We Were Not Supposed To Be In This Area And That This Is Why They Turned Back.
Liam And I Turned Back As Well.Both Of Us Saw The Elk And The Wolf Running In The Field and Bushes To Our Side, But We Did Not Get Video Of This.All Was Instantaneous, Happening In A Flash.
The People Returned And At First Liam And I Did Not Follow.When Another Person Came We Headed Out With Her.I Guided Her As To The Trail To Take.When We Got To The River And To The People Who Had Scopes With Them, We Discovered The Now Dead Elk Being Eaten By The Wolf.Here Is Some Video Of What We Saw.I Did Not Take Everything, But This Is Enough.
In The Video, Near The End Of What I Took, You Will Note A Hiker.Actually There Were Two Hikers On The Other Side Of The River.The Wolf And Her Kill Were On An Island.The Wolf Left When The Hikers Appeared.
What beautiful photos and short trailer leading up to tonight's premier. I hope this will help get the word out about the true plight of these majestic animals all across the northwestern territories and upper Midwest. It is so sad what happened to '06, and her pack this year. I am glad you had a chance to get this footage of them. Thank you so much for this gift in your film