With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes in the new short documentary Grizzly Country.
The 11-minute short film shows a glimpse into Peacock’s life and his tireless efforts to protect the North American grizzly bear and its declining habitat.
As noted by the filmmakers, Edward Abbey’s famous character, George Hayduke, in TheMonkey Wrench Gang may be based on Peacock, but it is his work documenting and defending the grizzly bear that has defined his life for the last 50 years.
After serving as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War, Peacock sought spiritual refuge in the rugged wilderness of Wyoming and Montana. It was during these frequent backcountry trips that Peacock made contact with the grizzly bear and awoke a deep sense of personal humility. The bear’s presence became the foundation for Peacock’s recovery, and from that point forward, he felt duty-bound to be their voice in the human world.
Grizzly Country examines Peacock’s crusade as more than just a fight for the grizzly, but as a metaphor for the relationship between humans and wild places.
If future populations of grizzlies suffer because of global warming and widespread human development, it is not a lack of adaptation on the part of the bear. For Peacock, it is the absence of human deference to places we cannot control that ultimately fails grizzly bears.
As Peacock stated, “without our arrogance and firearms and dominion, we’re just another flavor of meat.”
“Grizzlies and homo sapiens evolved out of the same habitats and still walk the common path. We are brothers,” said Peacock. “With the beast of climate change ravaging the earth, the mingled fates of men and bears are sealed forever.”
Filmed and directed by Ben Moon and produced by San Francisco based Peak Design, Grizzly Country aims to bring light to the critical work of Doug Peacock’s organizations, Round River Conservation StudiesandSave the Yellowstone Grizzly.
Grizzly Country, is now available for digital distribution and online viewing HERE!
Donations can be made to Save the Yellowstone Grizzly HERE!