Tune in for three documentaries featuring the world's most notorious pack animal.
The evening begins on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. with NATURE “In the Valley of the Wolves”, followed by Wolves in Paradise at 8 p.m. and Nature "Radioactive Wolves" rounding out the night at 9 p.m on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).
NATURE “In the Valley of the Wolves”
The Druids are one of the largest wolf packs ever documented, once numbering 37 strong. But when their alpha female is killed by another pack and their patriarch is found dead, their reign over Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley comes to a sudden end — at least for a time.
Scenes include the tumultuous and decisive battle in which the Druids are dethroned by a rival pack called the Sloughs. Elsewhere, a wolf boldly takes down an elk many times its size, while Lamar’s bears, coyotes and eagles must be careful — or clever — when trying to piggyback on the wolves’ kills.
Wolves in Paradise
Wolves in Paradise is the tale of survival in the soaring mountains and majestic valleys of southwest Montana, as ranchers face the challenge of living with Yellowstone's roaming wolf packs while encroaching development threatens their way of life. The film contrasts the experience of two ranchers with completely different backgrounds and resources, while it documents the growth of a surprising alliance between traditional enemies - livestock growers and conservationists - who find common ground in the need to protect open space from developers.
Nature "Radioactive Wolves"
Enter into the lives of the wolves and other wildlife thriving in the “dead zone” around Chernobyl. What happens to nature after a nuclear accident, and how does wildlife cope with the world it inherits after the human inhabitants have fled? That is the provocative subject of Radioactive Wolves.