The Wolf

The Wolf

A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

Book - 2017
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"The story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before humans ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in the United States, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. In recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves from Canada back to Yellowstone National Park, igniting a battle over the very soul of the American West. Nate Blakeslee tells the story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six. She's a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. Beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, O-Six becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world. But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is being challenged on all fronts: by hunters and their professional guides, who compete with wolves for the elk they all prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who resent her dominance of the stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. These forces collide in The Wolf, a multigenerational wildlife saga that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West - between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most vibrant landscapes. Nate Blakeslee is the author of Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Random House Canada, c2017.
ISBN: 9780345815736
Characteristics: 300 pages :,genealogical table, map ;,24 cm.


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Mar 28, 2018

March 28 2018.....One of our "read-out-loud" selections, and a good one! (only 20 pages to go)
This was a good one to read after reading all of Sid Marty's books and going through a bit of withdrawal. I'm kind of glad that I wasn't one of the wolf watchers.

Just went to an information session on trapping in the area where I live a couple of weeks ago. (Some dogs had gotten caught in traps in the area, so went to learn how to spot a trapping area, and how to release the traps......not that I will be walking my crazy dog anywhere near one of those places, but thought I should know anyway.) Great information about trapping methods, and history. Also learned what an illegal trap looks like, and about when the trapping season is, so can notify authorities if I come across suspicious activity. Who knew!

Mar 11, 2018

The Wolf (also titled The American Wolf) is an account of the introduction of Canadian wolves from western Canada into Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA in 1995. It is a narrative of the anti and pro wolf factions and a story of the wolves themselves. Well written and an excellent read.

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