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Predators Premiere at Arizona Movie House

May 21, 2009

Tempe, AZ – New scientific discoveries about the role played by wolves, cougars and other predators of the West are explored in a new film having its Arizona premiere tonight in Tempe. The film, Lords of Nature, makes the case that predators are critical for keeping natural ecosystems healthy and productive.

Craig Miller, Southwest director for Defenders of Wildlife, is encouraged by the film’s message.

"Science now proves that we, as the ultimate land managers, have the ability not only to restore imperiled wildlife like wolves and jaguars, but that in doing so we’re also revitalizing the very landscape upon which they, and we, ultimately depend."

Conservationists have invented a number of ways to keep predators away from livestock, adds Miller.

"Fencing, portable electric fencing; a tool called fladry, which is a psychological barrier that wolves won’t cross; hiring riders during calving season; leasing alternate allotments to help move livestock away from occupied den sites during sensitive times of the year."

Miller says compensation is also available for ranchers who lose livestock to wolves. The film includes interviews with livestock producers and hunters who have traditionally supported predator eradication, but are now willing to consider other management strategies.

Arizona Sierra Club director Sandy Bahr says the film shows how wolf restoration in Yellowstone Park produced a dramatic increase in wildlife and vegetation.

"They’re getting a lot more aspen re-growth because having wolves there means that the elk and other animals don’t just hang out and eat things. They have to move around."

The film will have showings later this year at Tucson, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon and the White Mountains. Tonight's debut at Valley Art in Tempe is free and open to the public.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ