Decade of the Wolf

Decade of the Wolf

Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

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Examines the effects of releasing thirty-one Canadian gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and 1996, including changed behavior patterns and changes in the ecosystem.

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This definitive book--by the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and an award-winning nature writer--recounts the ten riveting years since the reintroduction of wolves into the Park.


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"By piquing our imaginations, by sparking in us a sense of wonder, Yellowstone's wolves have done much to invigorate our sense of place, even our sense of generosity, rekindling relationships that allow us to again feel at home in the world."
-- Douglas Smith, Wolf Project Leader

For millions of people around the world, the image of wolves running free through Yellowstone National Park has become the ultimate symbol of the American wilderness. The release of thirty-one Canadian gray wolves in 1995 and 1996-arguably the most controversial feat of conservation in our nation's history-sparked a new-found passion for these remarkable animals and the unbound lands that sustain them.

Few were prepared for the outpouring of emotion sparked by the reintroduction of these wolves, and for the changes that came, both in the land and in the minds of men, with that experiment. For the first time, Douglas Smith and Gary Ferguson recount the first ten years of this historic endeavor. The journey of the wolves themselves and the people who faithfully followed them through the wilds of Yellowstone make for unforgettable reading.

Here are intimate details about the lives of these animals, including wonderful stories about survival and family dynamics. Smith and award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson weave together never-before-published scientific discoveries with spell-binding tales of the wolves' behaviors. The wolves have not only survived, but completely changed the ecosystem, spilling a fresh measure of wild across the world's first national park. . DECADE OF THE WOLF serves to mark the end of the opening act of this inspired, often tumultuous tale of preservation.


DOUGLAS SMITH, PHD, Wolf Project leader, has studied wolves for twenty-four years and has worked on the reintroduction in Yellowstone since its inception. He lives in Gardiner, Montana.

GARY FERGUSON is an award-winning nature writer whose books include The Great 0 Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind, Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, and The Yellowstone Wolves. He has written for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Outside, the Los Angeles Times, and Men's Journal. He lives in Red Lodge, Montana.

This definitive book--by the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and an award-winning nature writer--recounts the ten riveting years since the reintroduction of wolves into the Park.


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Ten years ago 31 Canadian gray wolves were released into Yellowstone National Park. Wolf Project leader Smith tells the story in detail, from the capture of wolves in Canada, the complex background of political maneuverings, how the wolves have changed the ecosystem in Yellowstone, and his own personal experiences, to the wolves themselves, individually and in packs. Includes over 30 pages of color photographs. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2005
ISBN: 159228700X (tradecloth)
9781592287000 (tradecloth)
Branch Call Number: 599.773097 SMI
Characteristics: viii, 212 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ferguson, Gary 1956-

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Sep 06, 2016

Fascinating book on the introduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park authored by one of the wildlife biologists involved. Yellowstone is the one place in the US where you are almost guaranteed to see a wolf in the wild. The book is at its best when Smith is recounting the stories of many of the animals that were brought in from Canada in the two initial releases. I wish there were a sequel, since the lifespan of wolves in the wild is typically less than 4 years (although some Yellowstone wolves have lived twice that long), and it would be wonderful to know what has become of the more recent animals.

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