Cutting One Out
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In the autumn of 1995, film-maker Bob Landis filmed the Crystal Creek
Pack hunting a large herd of elk in the Lamar Valley. The sequence was exceptional in that
few other filmed encounters between wolves and their prey could match the duration and
detail found in this 5 minute plus sequence. It is considered by many wolf experts to be
the most exemplary work in existence illustrative of the hunting technique used by gray
wolves . The complete airing is currently featured in the video, Yellowstone Wolves: Predation, an instructional video
for natural history curriculums.
Landis commissioned local artist Todd Fredericksen to
re-create the now famous scene from the film. Todd's finished work features the alpha pair
of the Crystal Creek Pack, Number 4, the distinctive
dark wolf, and Number 5, the beautiful light-colored wolf. The pair are "cutting one
out," referring to the process by which wolves single out a potential victim on the
basis of its vulnerability. This testing and seeking behavior was exhibited quite
evidently in the film sequence.