For Wildlife, Making a Daily Living Isn’t Easy: A Conversation with Wildlife Filmmaker Jeff Hogan

Cougar crossing a large rock in the middle of a river

When Susan asked wildlife filmmaker Jeff Hogan about the patience needed in getting his award winning film footage, he replied, “Patience? If it takes me a whole day or two days to get a shot of a beaver coming down the stream, I don’t need patience. While I am waiting there is unlimited entertainment. To be amongst all that life, sitting in the middle of it, is incredible. I am in awe of the life around us. The wild just blows me away.”

Cinematographer Jeff Hogan has been filming and photographing wildlife around the world for over 30 years, earning numerous awards for his work, including several Emmy nominations for cinematography. Being a naturalist at heart, Jeff’s passion is to witness wildlife behavior and to provide us a privileged view into the secret lives of wildlife, capturing intimate imaging that illustrates just what it takes for our wildlife to make a living and highlighting the unique stories that abound throughout the natural world. Jeff resides in the heart of the Yellowstone ecosystem with his wife Karen and son Finn, with homes in Jackson Hole, WY, and Silver Gate, MT. Living at the doorstep of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jeff often captures behavioral sequences rarely witnessed in the wild. Bringing these images and stories to the screen is Jeff’s goal, with the understanding and hope that society will respond with a desire to conserve and protect all life and treasure our incredible natural world. Jeff can be reached at

In this episode of Earthfire Radio, Susan and Jeff discuss how even those of us with the best intentions don’t always realize the impact human activity has on the ability of wildlife to make a living.

After this conversation, Jeff generously shared this footage of F16, a female cougar he has been following for many years:

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