Running with Wolves

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RUNNING WITH WOLVES

Emmy award-winning filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher talk with Big Blend Radio about their new memoir, “Running with Wolves: Our Story of Life with the Sawtooth Pack,” published by National Geographic Kids.

On a clear, cold morning, Jim and Jamie Dutcher emerged from their campsite to come face to face with their only neighbors: a pack of wolves.  The leader, Kamots, intently moved closer — close enough to touch.  He was enormous, with powerful muscles, intelligent eyes and startlingly sharp teeth. But the Dutchers weren’t afraid.  And neither was Kamots; he drew close and gave a quick lick, as he did every morning — a greeting reserved only for kin. 

Adventure, friendship, and family come together in this riveting memoir as two award-winning filmmakers take you through the experience of the years they spent living in the wild with a real-life wolf pack. Jim and Jamie set out to show the world that instead of fearsome beasts, wolves are social, complex, and incredible creatures that deserve our protection. Deep in the mountain wilderness of Idaho, they set up Wolf Camp, where they spent years capturing the emotional, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking story of their pack.

Meet Kamots, the fearless leader. Learn from wise Matsi. Explore the forest with shy Lakota. And watch as adorable pups grow from silly siblings to a devoted pack. See how these brave wolves overcome all odds, battling mountain lions and frigid temperatures. Most of all, discover the surprising kindness, compassion, and devotion that Jim and Jamie discovered by living with wolves.

For more than 20 years, Jim and Jamie Dutcher have been documenting wolf behavior. They spent six years living in a camp near Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness, intimately observing a three-generation wolf pack. Their unprecedented experiences resulted in Emmy award-winning prime-time documentaries. They are the authors of four other books for adults and children from National Geographic, including The Wisdom of Wolves, Hidden Life of Wolves, A Friend for Lakota, and Living With Wolves! They run a foundation, Living with Wolves, whose mission is to protect and educate the world about wolves. More at www.LivingwithWolves.org

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For more than 20 years, Jim and Jamie Dutcher have been documenting wolf behavior. They spent six years living in a camp near Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness, intimately observing a three-generation wolf pack. Their unprecedented experiences resulted in Emmy award-winning prime-time documentaries. They are the authors of four other books for adults and children from National Geographic, including The Wisdom of Wolves, Hidden Life of Wolves, A Friend for Lakota, and Living With Wolves! They run a foundation, Living with Wolves, whose mission is to protect and educate the world about wolves.

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