Man and The Wolf

 Jim Dutcher bonding with a wolf in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, U.S.

Jim Dutcher bonding with a wolf in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, U.S.  Jamie Dutcher. 1990-1995.


Wolves are commonly misconceived within society. A wolf is often described as a vicious, savage, and emotionless beast that sole purpose is to terrorize all of humanity. They are constantly perceived as the villain in every narrative. However, this conception of the wolf is far from the truth.  

Above, you see a man. A man accompanied by one of the greatest forces of nature, the wolf. This image was captured within the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, U.S. The man holds in his left hand a camera and on his back a heavily congested backpack. The man’s attire includes: jeans, boots, collard long sleeve, hat, and sunglasses.

As we can see, directly across from the kneeling man lye a wolf. The wolf’s fur is primarily gray with shades of black and white. The black fur is mixed with the gray fur along the wolf’s back, while the white fur rest along the wolf’s lower half of neck, chest, legs, and stomach.

The man and the wolf are staring directly at each other. Both gazing each other in the eye, they are connected by the man’s right-hand and wolf’s left-front paw.

From our observation we can conclude that this photo was possibly taken within the spring. The man is seen wearing spring clothing and sunglasses and wolf can be seen with a thin layer of fur.

The man you see above is Jim Dutcher. Jim Dutcher is a filmmaker and cinematographer. The wolf you see is a gray wolf named Kamuitz. Jim Dutcher first received Kamuitz, along with a group of other gray wolves when they were just a few weeks old. Dutcher spent six years living amongst these wolves in their natural habit. He seen and recorded their interaction with each other and their development into a pack, The Sawtooth Pack. Kamuitz, the alpha member of the pack, displayed all the qualities of being a leader. Kamuitz was stern, strong, demanding, and adventurous from a very young age. Thus, all of these characteristics resulted in his leadership role of being alpha of the pack.  He was indeed your generally description of the “vicious” wolf. Although, through years of spending time and earning the trust of the pack, Jim Dutcher was able to record a documentary of his time in the Sawtooth Mountains and his experiences with the pack.

Accompanied by his wife, Jamie Dutcher, both were faced with many challenges and obstacles living in wilderness. The winters were harsh and the terrain was definitely not built for the likes of man. Through it all, they were able to capture this powerful image of man and the wolf. Jim and Jamie Dutcher built a bond and established a quality relationship with one of the most “savage” predators walking the face of the earth. They saw how wolves interacted and cared for one another through the structure of a pack, or better yet a family.

Wolves indeed can be dangerous creatures; however, their true nature involves relationship amongst the pack and the love. Man and wolf are capable of living aside one another, as the connection can be vividly seen in the image above.

Dutcher, Jamie.  Wordless Tech. Living With Wolves. 10 Dec 2012.

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One comment

  1. You did a great job describing the details of the picture; what the man is wearing and what the wolf looks like. You also explained how wolves are perceived to humans in the lede paragraph but you pull the reader in by saying how those assumptions are far from the truth. That first paragraph hooks the reader. I think to improve this post you could pull together paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 because they are all descriptive. A suggestion I have is to maybe explain more about the surroundings of the wolf and the man, explain other aspects of the picture. You do a great job of explaining background information in regards to the work of art. Overall, this is a very well written blog! Great job!

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