The Wolf That Changed America

About

In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to the untamed canyons of New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw. Feared by ranchers throughout the region, the outlaw wasn’t a pistol-packing cowboy or train-robbing bandit. The outlaw was a wolf.

Lobo, as locals simply called him, was the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves that had been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock. Known as the “King of the Currumpaw,” Lobo seemingly had a mythical ability to cheat death, eluding the traps that ranchers had set for him throughout the countryside.

It was up to Seton, a naturalist as well as a professional animal trapper, to exterminate this “super-wolf.” The ensuing battle of wits between wolf and man would spark a real-life wilderness drama, the outcome of which would leave a lasting effect on a new and growing movement in America: wilderness preservation.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Ernest Thompson Seton
CLINT YOUNGREEN

Voice Of Seton
RICHARD POE

Producer 
BRIAN LEITH

Director
STEVE GOODER

Photography
IAN McCARTHY

Additional Photography
BOB LANDIS

Location Sound
JIM GALLUP
KEITH HIGHLEY
MIKE KASIC
GRAHAM ROSS

Offline Editor 
PIP HEYWOOD

Music Composed By
WILLIAM GOODCHILD

Graphics
JULIAN KIRBY
JOSEPH EVANS

Dubbing Editor 
PAUL FISHER

Dubbing Mixer 
GRAHAM WILD

Online Editor 
CHRISTIAN SHORT 

Researcher
HANNAH HOARE

Production Manager 
CAROLYN NAYLOR 

Archive Suppliers
COLLECTIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE TOWN OF GREENWICH
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
ANNE YOUNG 
PHILMONT MUSEUM AND SETON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
THEODORE ROOSEVELT ASSOCIATION, OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK 

The Producer Wishes To Thank
LYNNE and DOUG SEUS
WASATCH ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE
DOUG SMITH
DAVID L. WITT
SAGE CREEK PRODUCTIONS 
BEN QUINTERS
STEPHANIE WELCH
DARIEN and DIANNE BROWN
MARJORIE LONG
ROY PILLMORE
JOHN WADLAND 
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
VERMEJO PARK RANCH
WEAVER RANCH
ROBERT WAYNE, UCLA 
RUPERT BARRINGTON 
ALEAH AMES
SETH McFARLAND 
KAMAL KHIDAS
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Series Producer 
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge 
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer 
FRED KAUFMAN

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Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
CHIE WITT 

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE 

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
DANIEL ROSS

Photo for “Introduction”  © Ian McCarthy, Cameraman. Photos for “Wolf Wars” © Arizona Historical Society. Photo for "Interview: Wolf Trainer Sausha Seus" courtesy of Sausha Seus. Photos for “The Artwork and Writings of Ernest Thompson Seton” courtesy of Philmont Museum - Seton Memorial Library, Cimarron, New Mexico, a gift of Mrs. Julia M. Seton. Other images from The Wolf That Changed America.

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