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[Ebook] ↠ American Wolf Author Nate Blakeslee – Vejega.info this is my nonfiction book for the month, chosen because i like wolves, but sean of the house LOVES wolves, and i was going to give this to him when i finished, but i m afraid it would break his sensitive irish heart.according to this book, wolves have a life expectancy of about five years in the wild, and this book chronicles several generations of wolves living in yellowstone, so you do the math there this book was pulled together from the well detailed accounts of the wolf watchers in yellow this is my nonfiction book for the month, chosen because i like wolves, but sean of the house LOVES wolves, and i was going to give this to him when i finished, but i m afraid it would break his sensitive irish heart.according to this book, wolves have a life expectancy of about five years in the wild, and this book chronicles several generations of wolves living in yellowstone, so you do the math there this book was pulled together from the well detailed accounts of the wolf watchers in yellowstone individuals who devoted their lives to observing these magnificent beasts every day, coming to know their behaviors and personalities, monitoring their struggles for dominance within their packs, their clashes with other packs, and witnessing births and deaths in an ever changing pack dynamic.as i said, i like wolves, but in a casual oh, how lovely they are way without being any kind of wolf scholar or anything, so i learned a lot from this book i didn t know that wolves had been eliminated from yellowstone and most of the US in the 20 s in order to protect the park s delicious elk, deer, moose, etc and were only reintroduced in 1995, when wolves imported from canada were allowed to return to an ecosystem that had actually been negatively impacted by their removal in the first place what followed was a wolf explosion that did indeed restore the natural balance but also caused outrage in the local humans, as idaho, montana and wyoming are full of hunters and ranchers long accustomed to viewing wolves as a threat to their livelihood so not only is the book full of the stories of the wolves under the park s protection, but also about the inevitable wolf diaspora, as packs ranged outside of safety and caused no end of consternation and legislature about what should be done to protect the elk and cattle that humans were planning on killing it s Planet Earth meets Law Order and both situations are fascinating in their own way on the wolf side, the star of the book is the alpha female O Six named for the year of her birth , who made herself a favorite of yellowstone s many wolf watching groupies by demonstrating phenomenal abilities in hunting prowess, strategic evasion, admirable leadership qualities, and fecundity if you google O Six and yellowstone, you get the cliffs notes version of what happened to her, but you d miss out on all the stories told in this book about her and her pack and her rivals this is a nature book, so there s no shoddy anthropomorphization, but it s hard not to fall in love a little bit internet assures me the following are all photos of her, andcan be found here.a superstar of a wolf.the legal track is absolutely bizarre convoluted and counterintuitive it involves the authorization of wolf hunting in the three states surrounding yellowstone idaho, montana and wyoming, and it turns into a mishmash of state and federal legislature, sneaky riders smooshed into unrelated bills, science vs politics, rulings overturned, wolves placed on and off the endangered species list with shifting boundaries, and flinging money at the problem in such contradictory ways one federal agency was reintroducing predators on public land, a second was leasing adjacent land to ranchers, and a third was dispatching trappers or men in helicopters to kill those same predators when they inevitably crossed paths with livestock america is crazytown it kind of hurts my heart a little to think of someone hunting a wolf, since there s no feeding my family exemption, and it s purely for sport or the protection of livestock which i do understand, but cattle are big and dumb and delicious, and it s not just wolves who get that there are also bears and coyotes and probably some other beasts determined enough to attack a little one , but i will say that of all the wolves who died in this book, at least the ones shot by hunters died instantly, as opposed to the many who died of injuries sustained in territory disputes with other packs or starved to death.actually, scratch that there was one wolf who was illegally shot by a hunter and wandered off to die slowly, and his story was the one that hit my heart the worst, because he was a collared wolf, so his location was known to the biologists working on the wolf restoration project, but because they weren t zookeepers, after all, and didn t intervene in the fates of the wolves, he slowly starved to death over the course of eleven days again, this is a decision i understand with my brain, but it does nothing to soothe my heart it s like that scene in that BBC Africa documentary series where the baby elephant gets turned around in the sand storm and wanders in the opposite direction from the rest of the herd and dies and sir david attenborough just kinda shrugs and says, nature, amiright instead of swooping in to rotate the calf or at the very least, not airing that footage because jeez.but i know, i know when it comes to reading about watching animals in the wild, it would be irresponsible to go into it thinking it s going to be a disney paradise where animals help each other out and share the territory and no one ever eats anyone or wanders out into the storm, bawling piteously nature gets hungry and nature doesn t share.sure, sometimes someone forwards you some heartwarming story about a bear that adopts an orphaned raccoon and everyone goes aawwwwww, but generally speaking, in an environment with limited resources, benevolence to those outside of a very short range of community or family is a liability an animal cannot afford wolves are pack animals, so loyalties extend somewhat outside of the pure family, but even within a pack, members submit to their alphas in frequent demonstrative ways, and wolves are also highly territorial, so when packs cross paths, carnage ensues so, there are some parts of this book i know will ruin sean of the houses s day, but he s a particularly soft touch when it comes to animals, and if i could get him over that, i m sure he would find this as fascinating and illuminating as i did, and be grateful that there arewolves in our country, even if they don t get to live as long as we d like them to this is one of my few gripes because they aren t pets, the wolves aren t given memorable people names, but referred to by collar numbers 754, 820, 859 or, if uncollared, distinguishing markings or traits middle gray, shy male i am bad at math, so i got mixed up sometimes that is what my heart heard him say, anyway full review still in the works, but definitely one for to read lists of those who can handle the end results of animals doing what animals do, and hunters doing what hunters do.come to my blog This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Wolf 0 06Spoiler in ItalicHe decided he wanted the gray He exhaled and squeezed the trigger The gray staggered and dropped.It was a long walk through the snow to where she lay This was a trophy very few people in his part of the would had ever taken When he came within fifty yards of his prize he caught a glimpse of movement in the brush behind her The black wolf had returned His eyes on the hunter, he stepped cautiously out of the willows and sat down not far from where the gray lay He Wolf 0 06Spoiler in ItalicHe decided he wanted the gray He exhaled and squeezed the trigger The gray staggered and dropped.It was a long walk through the snow to where she lay This was a trophy very few people in his part of the would had ever taken When he came within fifty yards of his prize he caught a glimpse of movement in the brush behind her The black wolf had returned His eyes on the hunter, he stepped cautiously out of the willows and sat down not far from where the gray lay He seemed to be waiting to see what the hunter would do next Then the black lifted his snout into the air and howled It was the sound the hunter had heard many times over the years but never like this, alone in the snow with the wolf a stone s throw away He stood still and listened, transfixed The wolf howled again, long and louder this time.From the willows behind the black,wolves began to emerge They arrayed themselves in a loose semicircle around the black, all silently focused on the body of the gray The black howled a third time, and suddenly they all joined in The hunter stood there, agape, disarmed by the otherworldly sound, by the sheer overwhelming sadness of the cry She was their leader, he thought This book was powerful and unforgettable If you think that you can t stop the killing of wolves, well, you are wrong Public outcry has worked It still can.If you think that wolves can t live peacefully with man, you are again wrong Some are learning to stay away from ranches, but there isthat can be done, mostly outcry Rick McIntyre worked for over 20 years at Yellowstone, just watching wolves all day long along with other watchers who could be seen parked along the roads with telescopes and cameras My husband and I were driving through Yellowstone one day, and stopped when we saw cars and pickups parked along the road.I walked across the street to ask what was happening A man told me that an elk was down and a bear and 5 wolves were fighting over it, but that the wolves had retreated He allowed me to look through his binoculars I saw nothing He walked over to another man and then came back and took me over to look through another man s telescope I saw a white wolf Then a black wolf was sitting down looking at the crowd The man moved the telescope so that I could see the bear standing over the elk I think I said, Oh, my God I would have never had thought that I would even have wanted to see something like this Me, who wishes no animals to be ever killed But I wanted to stay there all day with them and wished I had come earlier Rick never grew tired of it He watched them play, fight, have cubs, go after their prey He watched everything, and he took notes, but he never stayed away long enough to write a book Perhaps these are his notes, or at least some of them.This book is mostly about his watching 0 06, the most famous of all the Yellowstone wolves The fight between Fish and Game, the ranchers and the public has raged for years in and out of the courts This is not an easy book to read If you are a rancher you just want to kill every wolf, and I suppose this book would infuriate you If you love wolves you will be brought to tears and then to anger You will even ask yourself why the Department of Agriculture thinks it has to kill ten of thousands of predators annually mostly coyotes but also bobcats, mountain lions, black bears, foxes, and red tailed hawks just to protect the cattle and sheep Have we ever thought to live differently To allow life to survive on its own terms The wolves impact on cattle has only been about 200 a year, whereas out of 5 million cattle across three States, tens of thousands have been killed every year by winter storms, lightning, floods and drought The wolves do so much less damage, but some people like to hunt, and then in time they can wipe out wolves, if we don t put a stop to it.I had read another book right after coming home from our trip through Yellowstone, In the Temple of Wolves by Rick Lamplugh He has suggestions online on what we can do to change things He has a blog called, How to Build a Culture that Respects Wolves I want to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book And I wish to thank the author for writing it, and hope that if he doesn t put a wolf on the cover, then perhaps he will put a photo of the famous wolf, 0 06 in the inside cover.Note I wish to add this article by another wolf lover who has written books as well Wolves and Coyotes Need Not Die So We Can Eat Meatby Rick Lamplugh, wildlife advocate authorMy previous post, We Have More to Fear from Livestock than from Wolves, evoked many comments The post s premise While ranchers claim that wolves threaten their existence and should be eradicated, the livestock production that ranchers make a living off of is killing the ecosystem that sustains the rest of us.Many readers commented that they had already stopped eating beef or sheep Some readers wrote that they are vegetarians or vegans Still others wondered how they could continue to enjoy meat without supporting an industry that unnecessarily kills wolves, coyotes, and other predators.Ranchers can keep livestock and predators separate and alive Some choose to do so and become what is called predator friendly Here s how being predator friendly works for Becky Weed and Dave Tyler in Belgrade, Montana On the website of their Thirteen Mile Lamb Wool Company, they write, Our principal protection against native predators are our guard dogs and llamas and our own vigilance because we have chosen not to use lethal control methods against coyotes, bears, wolves, mountain lions, our ranch is certified as predator friendly Ranchers earn Predator Friendly certification An annual audit must find that the producer maintains and enhances wildlife habitat, employs a mix of nonlethal methods, and quickly modifies management practices when conditions change.There is no one size fits all solution to living with predators, but here are some of the nonlethal methods Predator Friendly producers employ Using guard animals such as llamas, donkeys, and dogs Scheduling pasture use when predation pressure is low Grazing cattle with smaller livestock to protect sheep, goats, and calves Timing calving and lambing to avoid predation risk Lambing in sheds, secure fenced lots, or protected pastures Making frequent and unpredictable patrols in pastures Protecting vulnerable animals by fencing out predators Learning the ecology and habits of area wildlifeThe Animal Welfare Institute states that the Predator Friendly program encourages livestock producers like Weed and Tyler to protect some of the most important habitat and species in the United States, while opening up a new market for their sustainable ranch.We can support ranchers that choose coexisting over killing by purchasing their Predator Friendly products Products sold from the Predator Friendly website include beef, bison, goat, lamb, turkey, eggs, and honey as well as sheep and cattle breeding stock To check out the Predator Friendly website learnabout ways that ranchers can keep livestock and wolves separate and alive, check out Livestock and Wolves, the guide from Defenders of Wildlife The principal author is Suzanne Asha Stone Contributors include Carter Niemeyer, Linda Thurston and others Here s the link Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands He lives near Yellowstone s north gate and has just finished his new book, Deep into Yellowstone A Year s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy He is the author of thebestseller In the Temple of Wolves Available as eBook or paperback at Or as a signed copy from Rick at 3.5 starsI ve always been a wolf fan They are majestic animals and not just because I love reading the porny books featuring wolf shifters Back in the day my now ex husband and I heard about a man that bred hybrid wolves We were interested and that s way before any legal aspects were really talked about I know..I m old as crap We visited the man and we immediately fell in love with one of the pups He was a shy little guy but the owner would not just let us take him We had to meet with hi 3.5 starsI ve always been a wolf fan They are majestic animals and not just because I love reading the porny books featuring wolf shifters Back in the day my now ex husband and I heard about a man that bred hybrid wolves We were interested and that s way before any legal aspects were really talked about I know..I m old as crap We visited the man and we immediately fell in love with one of the pups He was a shy little guy but the owner would not just let us take him We had to meet with him several times before we could take the animal I never really knew the animals wolf percentage but at the time I was young and stupid enough to think it would all be okay I know his mom was an Alaskan Malamute but I knew that there was definitely wolf blood in the pup We named him Diablo and he really did become a member of our family My kids face is blurred on purpose even though this pic is over 20 years oldbecause trolls Diablo was a pup in this photo.Now I m going to admit I loved that animal He was extremely protective of my family Would I do it again Not on your life Now as I m older I know that wild animals should be wild and not bred with domestic animals I love and appreciate them but we went through hell with him just being a mixed breed Not because of the animal My neighbors hated him Not dislike HATE If he left our property as animals will tend to do people freaked out Diablo was shot by my neighbor while he was standing in my yard While we were outside with him Was he doing anything No, that didn t matter though He was hit by a car once..on purpose We went to court about him twice Finally he was found poisoned when we returned home one day I still miss him.If he had been an alpha male we probably would have had some trouble I know this so don t troll me and tell me how stupid we were Like you ve never been stupid Anyways, this book tells about wolves being reintroduced into Yellowstone Park It does try and tell both sides of the story From the hunter farmer side to the wolf enthusiast It is obvious that the author is pro wolf though As am I He follows the story of one of the most famous wolves called O six She is an alpha female and it follows her from the time she meets her mate until she is killed I m not going to describe her life because I think you should read this book I do know that it sucks that wolves have such short life spans Not just because natural events happen that lessons their chances of survival, but that people hate what they really don t understand or can control.I will admit that when this wolf dies in the book I spent a good thirty minutes cryingand I hardly ever cry I felt gut punched when I read that her mate cried over her body.Stop this stupid, people Go read up on all the good things that happen when you have natural predators in an ecosystem Booksource I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review. 3.5 Yellowstone and the wolf reclamation project, two main characters, McIntyre and one a wolf named O six The struggles with the ranchers, who see the wolves as predators, a risk to their cattle and their way of life The hunters, who depend on elk for themselves and those they take on the hunt, are also concerned because a growing wolf population, means a lessening elk population Those who love the wolves and spend much time watching them are of course on the side of the wolves It was inter 3.5 Yellowstone and the wolf reclamation project, two main characters, McIntyre and one a wolf named O six The struggles with the ranchers, who see the wolves as predators, a risk to their cattle and their way of life The hunters, who depend on elk for themselves and those they take on the hunt, are also concerned because a growing wolf population, means a lessening elk population Those who love the wolves and spend much time watching them are of course on the side of the wolves It was interesting seeing this from all sides, and even though the author goes to great lengths to present a clear and unbiased viewpoint, one can tell he is firmly on the side of the wolves.O Six, a fearless female, strikes out on her own and puts together her own pack She becomes the target of other packs, ether defending their own territory or wanting hers Much of this book is about following the different packs, who is fighting with who, what packs are the dominant ones Quite interesting, a large pack can become decimated in a short period of time, either through the death of the alpha male or female or at the hands of a dominant pack Admit to cheering O Six onthan once, she was quite a wolf and managed to outrun many threats, obviously she was extremely smart as well.I came to my love of wolves in a round about way, through my children A few of them had a fourth grade teacher who loved wolves, her classroom was full of everything and anything wolf, she took her vacations at places such as Yellowstone where she could observe them Slideshows were regularly shown and parents were often invited I grew to share in her passion, she was so enthusiastic about them it was hard to resist This was well written and ably presented but not quite what I was looking for Wantedon individual wolf studies but this is not that book Still glad I read it and gladbooks about wolves are being published once again ASIN Moved From This EditionThe Enthralling Story Of The Rise And Reign Of O Six, The Celebrated Yellowstone Wolf, And The People Who Loved Or Feared Her Before Humans Ruled The Earth, There Were Wolves Once Abundant In North America, These Majestic Creatures Were Hunted To Near Extinction In The Lower States By The S But In Recent Decades, Conservationists Have Brought Wolves Back To The Rockies, Igniting A Battle Over The Very Soul Of The WestWith Novelistic Detail, Nate Blakeslee Tells The Gripping Story Of One Of These Wolves, O Six, A Charismatic Alpha Female Named For The Year Of Her Birth Uncommonly Powerful, With Gray Fur And Faint Black Ovals Around Each Eye, O Six Is A Kind And Merciful Leader, A Fiercely Intelligent Fighter, And A Doting Mother She Is Beloved By Wolf Watchers, Particularly Renowned Naturalist Rick McIntyre, And Becomes Something Of A Social Media Star, With Followers Around The WorldBut As She Raises Her Pups And Protects Her Pack, O Six Is Challenged On All Fronts By Hunters, Who Compete With Wolves For The Elk They Both Prize By Cattle Ranchers Who Are Losing Livestock And Have The Ear Of Politicians And By Other Yellowstone Wolves Who Are Vying For Control Of The Park S Stunningly Beautiful Lamar ValleyThese Forces Collide In American Wolf, A Riveting Multi Generational Saga Of Hardship And Triumph That Tells A Larger Story About The Ongoing Cultural Clash In The West Between Those Fighting For A Vanishing Way Of Life And Those Committed To Restoring One Of The Country S Most Iconic Landscapes I was pleasantly surprised by this book It s an incredibly well told story about a pack of wolves, particularly focused on the alpha female, in Yellowstone National Park But it s also so muchthan that It s about people who are passionate about something, about fighting for what you love, about educating others, and how all three of these things combine to really make a difference in the world And even if that difference seems small, it can have a great impact on a person s life I love I was pleasantly surprised by this book It s an incredibly well told story about a pack of wolves, particularly focused on the alpha female, in Yellowstone National Park But it s also so muchthan that It s about people who are passionate about something, about fighting for what you love, about educating others, and how all three of these things combine to really make a difference in the world And even if that difference seems small, it can have a great impact on a person s life I love that about this story, on top of just being thoroughly entertained by the story of the wolves and learningabout them I d highly recommend this if you re looking for a microhistory that will probably be unlike anything you ve ever read before Rick s dream, though he seldom described it as such, was to someday tell a story so good that the people who heard it simply wouldn t want to kill wolves anyNate Blakeslee, American WolfThis book is haunted by all the John McPhee I ve read I wanted to like itI love wolves, adore Yellowstone, and am even planning a trip this winter to try and spot some damn wolves even if I have to wrap my ass in bacon and tie my sorry self to a tree But back to the book It just wasn t that wRick s dream, though he seldom described it as such, was to someday tell a story so good that the people who heard it simply wouldn t want to kill wolves anyNate Blakeslee, American WolfThis book is haunted by all the John McPhee I ve read I wanted to like itI love wolves, adore Yellowstone, and am even planning a trip this winter to try and spot some damn wolves even if I have to wrap my ass in bacon and tie my sorry self to a tree But back to the book It just wasn t that well written I mean it was good It told the story of 06 but with wolf books and wolves almost have their own fiction and nonficiton genre this one, while popular a couple years ago, just wasn t great I mean, sure, the periods were probably all where they were supposed to be and all, but if the book appeared outside of Yellowstone, I m pretty sure not even Steven Turnbull a pseudonym would shoot it.But that leads me to wonder why the abundance of positive reviews 1 I am wrong and the book was brilliant.2 I am right, but people like wolves So, even mediocre stories told of compeling wolves evoke posiitve responses I d equate this to watching a wolf out of a crappy spotting scope Yes, a Swarovski would have been much better, but YOU JUST SAW A F %ING WOLF, so who cares.3 Other readers are just dumb.I m old and wise enough to believe it might be a bit of all three Anyway, not great, not horrible, just a mediocre narrative nonficiton about Yellowstone and its wolves I have an undying love for Yellowstone National Park I visited it 36 years ago 1984 My memories of what I saw and experienced are still fresh Saw so many animal and ecological sights No wolves though Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995 this gave biologists a unique opportunity to study what happens when a top predator returns to an ecosystem They were brought in to manage the rising elk population, which had been overgrazing much of the park.This book studies the wolf and h I have an undying love for Yellowstone National Park I visited it 36 years ago 1984 My memories of what I saw and experienced are still fresh Saw so many animal and ecological sights No wolves though Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995 this gave biologists a unique opportunity to study what happens when a top predator returns to an ecosystem They were brought in to manage the rising elk population, which had been overgrazing much of the park.This book studies the wolf and how it interacts with its environment and other wolves It also chronicles the fight to keep wolves safe from human predators.I was surprised to find out that there are wolf watchers at Yellowstone and the watchers give the wolves names The watchers also impart human characteristics to the wolves I especially enjoyed following the story of O Six born in 2006 a hunter, a mother, an outstanding alpha female.I love non fiction written like a novel and this book is an excellent example.5 stars The central focus of this book is the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park and thus the Northern Rockies By the 1920s wolves had for the most part become extinct in the lower 48 states of the US In 1995 Canadian wolves were brought into Yellowstone Park The book follows this reintroduction from the mid 90s to 2015.The conflict between conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists on one side and hunters, ranchers and miners on the other is the primary focus of this book The bo The central focus of this book is the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park and thus the Northern Rockies By the 1920s wolves had for the most part become extinct in the lower 48 states of the US In 1995 Canadian wolves were brought into Yellowstone Park The book follows this reintroduction from the mid 90s to 2015.The conflict between conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists on one side and hunters, ranchers and miners on the other is the primary focus of this book The book is less about the species canis lupis Nor is this a book of nature writing It is about politics and money and competing interests in relation to wolves Much attention is given to Obama s efforts to reach a federal budgetary agreement in 2011 and Senator Jon Tester s rider that reversed U.S District Judge Donald Molloy s court ruling classifying wolves as one of the endangered species The book flips between court proceedings and political discussions and sections about the wolf packs in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone Park, Wyoming The author himself mentions that to attract readers there has to be a heartfelt tie to some wolf and that names work better than numbers.We hear a bit about Limpy, but primarily we follow 0 Six, an alpha female, named for the year of her birth and granddaughter of wolves 21 and 42 who were the stars of those wolves originally brought in from Canada We follow O Six, her mate, his brother and three litters I will admit that by the book s end I had indeed become attached to her Of course, I was rooting for those who supported the need to keep wolves protected by the Endangered Species Act ESA.This is a book of non fiction, but one person goes by the alias Steven Turnbull His name is changed to protect him Yeah, he is the bad guy The book concludes with an epilog The author relates of his meeting with man No, he still does not regret what he has done I do think the author makes an attempt to be nonjudgmental, to express the views of opposing camps in a fair and balanced manner, but it is not hard to guess on which side he stands.I was looking for a bookfocused on new research about wolves That they have cognitive abilities and emotions is shown The book sheds light on the dissolution and formation of wolf packs and the status of members within However, I cannot say I learned anything new about wolves The phenomenon of trophic cascade is mentioned Classic wolf literature is referenced.Information is too often repeated Why are we told of the rangers vehicle brands, the clothes they wore and the equipment used To me this sounded like advertising The audiobook is narrated by Mark Bramhall He does a fine job The information is easy to follow My only quibble would be that when things go bad he sounds sour and whiny, but in a masculine way The narration I have given four stars I do not regret reading this book, but it was not quite what I was looking for I would have preferred less politics andabout wolves Have you ever been to Yellowstone Did you spot a wolf there This is the fascinating story of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and most especially the life story of O Six, the great granddaughter of one of the original wolves reintroduced to the national park in the winter of 1995 Yellowstone had been essentially devoid of wolves for almost seven decades Their reintroduction has not been without controversy and heated debate with the inevitable conflict between hunters, ranchers, wildlife managem Have you ever been to Yellowstone Did you spot a wolf there This is the fascinating story of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and most especially the life story of O Six, the great granddaughter of one of the original wolves reintroduced to the national park in the winter of 1995 Yellowstone had been essentially devoid of wolves for almost seven decades Their reintroduction has not been without controversy and heated debate with the inevitable conflict between hunters, ranchers, wildlife management, and environmentalists Nate Blakeslee delves deeply into the political wrangling and maneuvers that have gone on to decide the issue of allowing the hunting of wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.His story is most interesting when he delves into the personal stories of the people who cared so deeply for these wolves, most especially the park ranger Rick and his sidekick Laurie Lyman, a devoted wolf watcher whose notes Blakeslee relied upon for much of his story But the stars of the story are really the wolves themselves and most especially O Six, a powerful gray female with attractive markings that Rick and the watchers enjoyed keeping track of as she found a mate, boldly hunted and fought off members of other packs and eventually raised three litters of pups before her own demise The reader gets a fascinating, in depth look at what the daily life of a wolf is like the interactions between alpha male and female and others in the pack, how they hunt, den and raise their pups, how they protect their territory from other packs, etc There is also the villain in the story, in the form of the hunter Steven Turnbull name changed The debate over whether the hunting of wolves is needed to control their numbers will probably continue but it has been decided that wolves belong in the Northern Rockies because they play a vital role in the ecosystem Many thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read an arc of this very interesting new book

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