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Book Excerpt: "The Will of the Land" (Bow Valley Pack)


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Book Excerpt: "The Will of the Land" (Bow Valley Pack)
Author: Auntie P.
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He moved to Canmore and spent years photographing it, in the process capturing images of the park's elusive wolves, which had returned to Banff in the mid 1980s. He came to know the Bow Valley wolf pack and began passionately advocating on their behalf.

Peter Dettling captures the beauty of Banff while fiercely arguing against failed wildlife management. In this excerpt, he recalls the grim final chapter of the Bow Valley Wolf Pack.  (If you remember Delinda, Nanuk, etc. or WHAP search the names)

from:  'Last Stand'

"Suddenly a small piece of fur, decorated with two little ears and a tiny, thin tail popped up behind a fallen tree. The lone explorer disappeared as quickly as he had arrived. Then, an hour later, he reappeared. This time he had company..."

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Thank you for posting this. I´m following the fate of the former Bow Valley Pack since a while and it is so good that there are witnesses like Peter Dettling who bring the struggles the wolves have to face due to human mismanagement and stupidity to the awareness of a broader public. In recent time, a new pack (Pipestone Pack) has evolved to become the "new" Bow Valley Pack after the family and the offspring of Delinda and Nanuk were wiped out by car accidents. Günther Bloch continues to monitor the wolves in the Bow Valley area. I hold a sponsorship for one of them (Spirit- the male leader of the pack) and therefore get regular reports on how the pack is doing. Unfortunately, the dying on the roads continues - one of the young wolves (Meadow, a female born in April 2010) died on March 7th this year due to being hit by a train.Crying
You can find pictures of the Pipestone pack here: http://www.hundefarm-eifel.de/f_fotos_pipestones.html



Author: Auntie P.
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WOW, are they ever gorgeous.  They make the snow gleam like angelsilver.  Love the sixth picture "Lillian."  Spirit is beautifulLove  I just read about MeadowBroken Heart but did not know what she looked like or her name.  Thank you for sharing those pictures with us, MelanieL.  

From a recent article:

"A train near Muleshoe hit a female pup on March 7, making it the second fatalityCrying by a train after the death of a young adult wolf near the first Vermilion Lake on Jan. 18.

Of the five wolves remaining — three adults, and two pups — two have radio collars: an alpha female called Faith has a VHF collar and a two-year-old female commonly referred to as Lizard has a GPS collar.

Last summer, Whittington said they were surprised to learn that 20 per cent of the wolf pack's predation were mountain goats.Idea

"We were blown away, we had no idea," he said."

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Author: MelanieL
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Here are two other sites by photographers who were (and still are) witnessing the life of the Bow Valley wolves which are well worth a look....

Peter Dettling´s page (fantastic pictures of Nanuk, Delinda & their kids):
http://www.terramagica.ca/TM_website/wolves/wolves.html
John Mariotts´s website (Delinda´s story):
http://www.wildernessprints.com/storybook/wolfphotographystory.html



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Beautiful pictures especially on that second site.  Thanks for posting.  Thumbs Up

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