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..."
WOW, are they ever gorgeous. They make the snow gleam like angelsilver. Love the sixth picture "Lillian." Spirit is beautiful I just read about Meadow 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 fatality 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.
"We were blown away, we had no idea," he said."