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Wolves may be the perfect animal counterparts to In the Company of Men: They are predators, but devoted above all else to family. Their strict social ranking, from top (alpha) to bottom (omega), reinforces order in the pack; the initiates even show their underbellies as a sign of complete submission. And life is a marathon of rejection for the lowly omega wolf. All this and the softer side of the wild dogs that mate for life is in Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s new Discovery Channel documentary, Wolves at Our Door. The film follows one pack of wolves that are trusting and benevolent enough to reveal their social behavior, after generations of hiding from humans who fearfully shot them on sight. To meet two people who set up a tented camp in the isolated Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho to live with wolves for six years, come see the film at noon today and 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Ginger Eckert)