Witness the return of Washington's wolves
Words from Jasmine Minbashian introducing the 2012 film documentary about the return of wolves to Washington. "Wolves challenge us. They are a test to humanity, a test of whether we, as a society, can accept some wildness in our hearts and in our landscape."
At our 2012 "Hope for a Wild Future" auction, staff member Jasmine Minbashian spoke to a rapt audience about the new documentary film on Cascades wolves.
The Discovery Channel film features Cascades' wolves.
"The return of the wolf is one of the greatest conservation success stories of our time.
"From the high of finding pups on Conservation Northwest's cameras in 2008, to the low of learning that most of the pack had been killed by poachers, back to another high of our cameras finding a new Cascades pack again - there is so much drama, so many twists and turns in this plot that you could make a movie about it!
"And the BBC did. For the last year and half I've been working with them to make a documentary about the return of wolves to the Cascades.
"I’m probably one of less than 50 people alive today that have seen wolves in these mountains. During the course of the film making, I had to pinch myself a couple times to say, no, you’re not in Yellowstone, you are in the Cascades. Seeing these wolves means so much to me personally, but it represents something much bigger.
"It means that the Cascade Mountains are becoming whole again. The top predator is returning to help keep deer and elk in check, to restore plant communities, and to even restore salmon streams.
"It means that we are connecting wild areas so a wolf can make it from the BC coast all the way down to the central Cascades.
"And finally, it means that my daughter Hana - who I was pregnant with during filming - will inherit a wilder future.
"But wolves also challenge us. They are a test to humanity, a test of whether we, as a society, can accept some wildness in our hearts and in our landscape. I think wolves, of all species, test us the hardest. Are we up for it?
"As long as Conservation Northwest exists, I know that there’s a chance we can succeed together, for Hana and her generation.
"Thanks for keeping the Northwest wild."