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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sun Valley, Idaho filmaker DeSiree Fawn has her THE PHANTOM WOLVES OF SUN VALLEY picked as the offical selection at the first-ever Sun Valley, Idaho Film Festival...........As Festival Director Sabina Dana Plasse puts it: "Her(DeSiree) film surpasses political controversy to understand the human heart.”.......The film will premiere this Friday, March 16 at 230pm

The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley Shines Light on Heated Wolf Debate at Inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival

SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley, an official selection at the first-ever Sun Valley Film Festival, cuts to the emotional core of one of the most divisive topics in the American West: the wolf. The hour-long documentary provides a rare glimpse into the world of “wolf-lovers” and “wolf-haters” as it follows events surrounding the first legal wolf-hunting season that took place in Idaho in 2009, the by-product of a highly successful and contentious reintroduction of the species into the American West in the mid-1990s.

Sun Valley Film Festival director Sabina Dana Plasse comments, “It is a thrill to present Sun Valley resident DeSiree’ Fawn’s first film The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley. Her film surpasses political controversy to understand the human heart.”

Filmmaker DeSiree’ Fawn is a fifth generation native to the Sun Valley area and recent graduate of the innovative MA in Media Studies graduate program at The New School in New York. Ms. Fawn comes from a background in the historic ranching community lying at the foothills of Sun Valley but was eventually raised in the Sun Valley resort, a jet-setting liberal hub located smack dab in the center of rural, conservative Idaho.

“As I learned more about the starkly opposing viewpoints regarding wolves in Idaho while filming the documentary, I came to see this position as a representation of the two very different worlds I grew up in, and as a symbol of the cultural differences dividing the American West today,” said filmmaker DeSiree’ Fawn.

The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley is scheduled to appear at the Sun Valley Film Festival on March 16th at 2:30pm.

For more information, please go to or visit the official The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley Facebook page at

The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley is the recipient of the Yosemite Film Festival’s Silver Sierra Award, The Accolade Competition’s Award of Merit, and has screened at several other film festivals, including the Kansas International Film Festival, the Landlocked Film Festival, and DocuTah. The film has celebrated several sold out screenings in Idaho and the Boise Weekly called the film, “Brief but poignant. Even in its silences, the film is telling.”

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