Michael Blake
Academy Award Winner
Best-selling Author
Dances With Wolves
Two Socks from Dances With Wolves
Photograph by Ben Glass
'There is a wolf who seems intent
on the goings-on here. He does
not seem inclined to be a nuisance,
however, and, aside from my horse, is the only visitor I have had. He has
appeared each afternoon for the past two days. If he comes calling tomorrow, I will name him Two Socks. He has milky-white socks on both front paws.'
Lt. John Dunbar, U.S. A


I have lived in the west all my life and I love it very
A great portion of the west I love has been destroyed
  in the name of the cow. We can no longer let cattle rule
  our public lands and national forests to the exclusion of
  other life. America's belly might be full but its spirit
  shrivels from want.
The wolf is largely gone from the land and with it has
  gone a howl the human soul rejoices to hear. It is one of
  the most reassuring sounds on earth. It means our
  ground, the ground on which our feet are planted, is alive
  and vibrant still.
It means the Creator is still guiding our destinies and
  to my mind that is how is should be. To leave man's fate
  wholly to man is a mistake.
It is not too late to embrace the natural world, to make
  planet Earth a partner in our tomorrows. The four
  leggeds who walk the earth and the two leggeds who fly
  over it are necessary members of that partnership.
For centuries we have destroyed our partners with
  bullets and poison and steel-jawed traps. America can no
  longer afford to make this kind of war on animals. We
  must bring them back before it is too late. We must
  welcome them back as special beings in the life of our
Without the wolf, and those like him, our lives will
  eventually be reduced to nothing but us.
I hope that anyone hearing this message will help in
  the movement to bring back the animals of our earth.
They are us.
We will never survive without them.

Statement read at press conference in front of Capitol, Washington, D.C., May 14, 1991.  
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