Operation Wolf Patrol
One man's battle to end wolf hunting in the States
Official Selection | Thin Line Film Fest 2021
Official Selection | MKE Film Festival 2021
Official Selection | Livable Planet Film Festival 2021
Joe Brown - Director
Joe Brown is a filmmaker and educator based at the University of Denver. His work focuses on the environment, wildlife, and the way human beings interact with nature. Joe's documentary films have screened around the world at venues such as: The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Berkshire International Film Festival, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and at Ethnografilm in Paris. Brown has produced work for groups such as, The National Waterkeeper Alliance, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and Project Coyote. Joe lives in Denver, Colorado and spends as much time in the mountains as possible.
“Operation Wolf Patrol” represents 5+ years of filming in Wisconsin’s north woods. In making the film my main concern was the hunting and poaching of wolves, but I quickly learned that there were bigger issues at hand. Hound hunting, or the hunting of many game animals with dogs, is prominent in Wisconsin. My film, “Operation Wolf Patrol,” is a portrait of an area in America’s Midwest that calls animal cruelty, “tradition.” The film also provides an overview of Wisconsin’s “Hunter Harassment” law and the state’s attempt to ban photography on public lands.