This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult environment he studies the wolves, and realizes that the old beliefs about wolves and their supposed threat are almost totally false. Furthermore, he learns that humans represent a far greater threat to the land, and also to the wolves, a species which plays an important role in the ecosystem of the north. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
Assignment: The Lupus Project. Purpose: To study Alaskan wolves and determine if they were destroying the vanishing caribou deer. The man they chose expected to confront danger, adventure, solitude, and, he hoped, the truth. But he never expected to embark upon a voyage of self-discovery. One that would ultimately transform his life.
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Did You Know?
Smiling wolves were a problem during filming. The smileys were not actually grimaces but wolves panting. To stop the unwanted look on the camera, animal expert Debbie Coe
brought a female Malemute dog to the set, which soon changed the look of the wolves from a smile to a fierce intensity of a mating stealth look. See more
The lead claims the wolves eat mice, which he proceeds to eat, but they are voles, not mice (which don't occur in the arctic). See more
In the end there were no simple answers. No heroes or villians; only silence.