Wild Wolves Play Tug-of-War with Filmmakers in Canada’s Arctic

Filmmaking in one of Canada's harshest climates can be tough going. Director Oliver Goetzl and DOP Ivo Nörenberg, on Ellesmere Island to film footage of Nature for Things White Wolves documentary,  stood in front of the camera for 5 hours in -40 degree weather for days before they had the opportunity to film a group of wolves who had come to feast on a nearby carcass. 

Two juvenile yearlings wanted to explore and came in very close to play with a rope attached to one of their sleds.  "There's always a risk with wild animals, especially with youngsters as they may try to test their strength, but overall the situation didn't feel very dangerous."  The result is playful game of tug-of-war.