Return of the Wolves:The Next Chapter

Male Wolf Watcher

Male wolf watcher transcript
Wolves 2/KUED
 
Interviewer
Just tell me why you came to Yellowstone to see the wolves and what you find unique about this experience.
 
Interviewer
We come to Yellowstone almost every year. We used to buy an annual pass and come multiple times, and with other things in our life its become more difficult, but we still come once every year primarily to see the wolves, but also to see the wolf as an animal at the top of the, at least in North America, at the top of the animal pyramid. It's a unique experience that we're able to see an animal that all the other animals and man have so much respect for.
 
Interviewer
Why do you think wolves are such a big draw to most people?
 
Male wolf watcher
The wolves, everyday we see dogs, they've been such a big part of our lives, and for all recorded history the dog and it's primary decedent, not decedent but predecessor, the wolf, has for recorded history has been part of man's life. And we have found the relationship to the dog and also the relationship to the wolf to be something that has fascinated us. Why it fascinates us, it's different for a lot of people. For us personally it's just we find it's such an animal that's so similar to man and the society, the relationships that they have with one another, the way they treat one another, the way they raise their families, the way they interact with different groups. It's so similar to man.
 
Interviewer
What did you think the first time you ever saw a wolf?
 
Male wolf watcher
It was awe-inspiring. Long before we saw the wolf we heard the wolf, and to hear the wolf speaking to one another and to be communicating with another species that's communicating to one another, just something that's unique in the animal kingdom.
 
Interviewer
Just tell me your experience, the first time you saw a wolf what did you think?
 
Male wolf watcher
Awe-inspiring, just awe how wonderful it was to see an animal that had been gone for so many years to be able to come back and to make a home here. It just was almost beyond words. It was something that we… We knew Yellowstone for many years before the wolf was here and it was...
 
Interviewer
We were talking about your first experience. What did you think the first time you saw and heard wolves?
 
Male wolf watcher
Just amazing. The wolf, something we've always had so much respect for was back and alive and living in the greatest in the United States, possibly in the world. But we just sat for hours waiting for the second peak of the animal that was running free on the hilltop above us. It was something that we had dreamed about and looked forward to for so many years.
 
Interviewer
Do you come to Yellowstone specifically to see wolves?
 
Male wolf watcher
We do, and we enjoy the other animals, but the real most important or most exciting experience for us is to see the wolves.