Picks and Pans Review: Wolves at Our Door
updated 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST
If Kamots, the leader of a pack of eight wolves prowling the Idaho wilderness, decides that one of his brethren is biting off a bit more moose carcass than he—or she—should chew, he'll wrap his teeth around the offender's neck. And yet whenever a plucky wildlife cinematographer named Jim Dutcher approaches the pack, Kamots will trot over and extend his paw in friendship. Say, what kind of wolf is this? One of a kind, it turns out. Dutcher and his photographer wife, Jamie, raised Kamots and his kin as pups in captivity, starting in 1991, then set them loose as they got older to roam free in a fenced-in, 25-acre reservation along Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. Over the next six years the Dutchers captured candid footage of the wolves at play, nurturing their young (Kamots and his mate Chemukh produce a litter of three) and jockeying for position in a strictly controlled hierarchy. Your heart goes out to Lakota, the sad sack of the pack, who always has to eat last.