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ABOUT THE FILM:

No, there will not be any ‘talking’ wolves in this serious documentary. They were put in the teaser video above just to get your attention.  Given that you are reading about the film, it obviously worked.

Wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rocky Mountains has been controversial to say the least.  We are confronting the controversy head on with our “Howling in the Rockies” film documentary.  When we started this journey, we could hardly believe how difficult it was to find truthful, coherent information.  If it was so hard for us, putting hours of exhaustive research into the subject, to make any sense of the information, how is the average person expected to make sense of the issue?

"Howling in the Rockies" is a feature-length documentary film that will unravel the misconceptions about the gray wolf and explore its reintroduction and successful recovery in the Rocky Mountains.  We have included interviews with a broad list of stakeholders from all sides of the wolf issue (including three governors and over a dozen of the most knowledgeable and respected people involved with gray wolves in the United States), which will lend a level of legitimacy to this film that no other wolf film has to date.  This informative documentary will effectively illustrate the need for conservation through factual science.  This format will both challenge and counter false information here to date.

The film will unfold with the history of wolves in North America, their geographical distribution and population over time.  We will cover the calculated extermination of the species throughout the region.  We will move into the Endangered Species Act (ESA), gray wolf listing, the process leading to reintroduction and the ultimate release of 66 gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho.

The documentary examines prey species historical populations prior to wolf reintroduction.  We then compare those prey populations to populations after reintroduction and as wolf populations have grown.  We will take measure of the politics involved including the industries directly affected including environmental groups, the scientific community, sporting groups, livestock industry and various users of public lands.

The experts weigh in with their thoughts on managing wildlife within the various states to achieve a balance of predator and prey species.  They discuss possible changes in land use along with the known and predicted long-term effects on the livestock and hunting industries.  We will then tackle the controversial issues such as 'surplus' killing, possible dangers to people and pets, along with the highly publicized hydatid disease, caused by worms carried by wolves.

YOUR SUPPORT:

Filming for this documentary is about 85% complete.

So far, nearly 10,000 miles have been logged during the filming phase.

Three state governors have been interviewed, as well as over a dozen of the most knowledgeable people involved with gray wolves in the United States.

Your Contribution Will Go Towards:

Production Needs - Helicopter rental and travel expenses to finish the remaining filming portion (less than 15%) of the documentary.

Post-Production Needs - Purchasing archival material and stock footage, music score and associated licensing, audio production, narration support, animation, upconversion of old SD footage, color correction, and editing.

Other Needs - Graphic design, closed captioning, DVD authoring, and website support

If we are fortunate enough to raise more money than what we are asking, we will be able to get a start on our marketing and publicity campaign.

PLEASE BE PART OF OUR PROJECT AND PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY, POST IT ON YOUR BLOG, TWITTER, FACEBOOK PAGES…HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!  THANK YOU!!

SOME OF THE BACKER REWARDS OFFERED:

WOLF TRACK WALL PLAQUE

This Wolf Track Wall Plaque has sold for up to $500.00 at recent fundraising auctions.  Carter Niemeyer (aka Wolfer) made this 'cement' plaque (measures approximately 8 inches square) and autographed the back of it just for you.  He cast it from a wolf track belonging to the Buffalo Ridge Pack, which lived near Clayton, Idaho.  The pack was “removed” by the government for killing livestock.

"WOLFER" BOOK

This award-winning book is a memoir of the "Wolfer" – Carter Niemeyer.  Carter worked 26 years for USDA Animal Damage Control in Montana where he was a trapper, a district supervisor, and the West's wolf management specialist.  He retired in 2006 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the federal wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho. The book is also autographed by Carter.

AWARD-WINNING CD CONTAINING "WOLVES OF ICE AND SNOW" SONG

One of the songs on this critically acclaimed album by Native American (Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana), Jack Gladstone, is "Wolves of Ice and Snow," which is the song featured in our Kickstarter video.  This CD is also autographed by Jack.

PLUSH WOLF

This cute 12-inch plush wolf (in sitting position) will make a great gift for any child, adult, or spoiled dog.

WOLF DOG TOY

Your dog will enjoy the stuffing-free gray wolf toy.  It’s about 22 inches long and has an empty water bottle inside that dogs love the sound and texture of.

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