“On May 8, 2005 I saw your documentary Living With Wolves for the first time. Before I saw your film, I was terrified of coming across a wolf in the woods while hunting. I would hear a howl or see fresh tracks and immediately start fearing for my life. That all changed the night I saw your film. I was amazed at how a creature I thought to be violent towards humans was actually cautions and sometimes avoidant of humans.
In your film one wolf in particular, Lakota, intrigued me. Watching the documentary I felt sorry for him because of his struggles of being the omega. I was amazed at how Lakota always walked with a crouch because he knew he was bigger than his brother Kamots, the alpha male, trying to gain his acceptance. When the Sawtooth Wolves were transported to the tribal lands it broke my heart and brought a tear to my eye to see Kamots waiting and encouraging his brother Lakota to come out of the cage. When I found out that Kamots died and a lone wolf, probably Lakota, was howling in the night, I realized that wolves just like humans have emotions. At the end of the film when I found out that Lakota had died, I broke down in tears. It felt like I lost a close friend even though I did not even know Lakota existed until almost three years ago from his death.
I would like to thank you, Mr. Dutcher, for helping me get over my fears of wolves, and realizing that if we don’t bother them they won’t bother us. I also would like to thank you for helping me to understand the complex structure and emotions of a wolf pack.
P.S. I am purchasing two hunting dogs and I would like to name them Lakota and Kamots.
– Jon, a Wisconsin hunter