Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

Decade of the Wolf Returning the Wild to Yellowstone Rear cover notes In Decade of the Wolf project leader Douglas W Smith and acclaimed nature writer Gary Ferguson describe the journey of thirty one Canadian gray wolves that were released in and

  • Title: Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
  • Author: Douglas W. Smith Gary Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9781592288861
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rear cover notes In Decade of the Wolf, project leader Douglas W Smith and acclaimed nature writer Gary Ferguson describe the journey of thirty one Canadian gray wolves that were released in 1995 and 1996 into Yellowstone National Park and the people who faithfully followed them With recently updated poignant details about the lives of these animals, including moving sRear cover notes In Decade of the Wolf, project leader Douglas W Smith and acclaimed nature writer Gary Ferguson describe the journey of thirty one Canadian gray wolves that were released in 1995 and 1996 into Yellowstone National Park and the people who faithfully followed them With recently updated poignant details about the lives of these animals, including moving stories about survival and family dynamics, Decade of the Wolf serves to mark the end of the opening act of this inspired, often tumultuous tale of preservation The wolves have not only survived but completely changed the ecosystem, spilling a fresh measure of wildness across the world s first national park.

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    1. An unintended consequence of reading "Decade of the Wolf" was the way it stirred in me a certain ambivalence, as a hunter, over the return of wolves to the landscape. Naturally, I love to spend time in country where there is a fair amount of deer and moose sign (I live in north central Maine). I can't help but worry about the impact this wild, canine competitor may have on my prospects of seeing and, even shooting deer and moose. This ambivalence, however, in no way diminished my pleasure readin [...]

    2. If you would not love an personal, guided tour of Yellowstone with Doug Smith then either 1) You have not thought about it hard enough or 2) You have not yet watched a sufficient number of nature documentaries on Netflix. Smith has studied wolves all his life, in the West and on Isle Royale, and he was part of the Yellowstone reintroduction from its very beginning. He knows each of the wolves like members of his extended family and is as familiar with the progress and quirks of wolf research as [...]

    3. I was in college in Northern Idaho when the wolf reintroduction began in practice. I remember it being very controversial. I think it still is but I really liked this nice balance of the political, economic, ecological and anecdotal of the reintroduction. It was very nicely done. I have often wondered what the reintroduction of the top prey into the Yellowstone ecosystem had effected and while this is not definitive (too early and too many other factors) it certainly educated me.

    4. Having visited Yellowstone this past fall, I was very excited to read this book and more about the reintroduction of the wolf to the National Park's landscape. The authors weave person accounts of interaction with the wolfs in with the scientific data collected on wolf culture and behavior. Though a bit out of date now (five years from where the book leaves off) this book was perfect for learning more about how the reintroduction was carried out and the first few years of those few wolves action [...]

    5. First review ever, for a simply amazing book. I bought this book while in Yellowstone and devoured it on the flight home. It talks about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park from the point of view of Doug Smith. Written beautifully and simply, it is easily understood. The pictures included in the book help illustrate the author's thoughts, although the beautiful writing doesn't need much help. Since it's written from the point of view of a staff member from the start of the [...]

    6. "Held within a wolf's gaze has been everything I've needed to keep alive my sense of connection to the earth. The fact that I live in a time when these sorts of opportunities are increasingly rare has on one hand left me with with a profound feeling of gratitude for being able to do the work I do. On the other hand, that very same rarity-the fact that it's become unusual for people to have any sort of regular dose of nature, let alone trading stares with a wolf-leaves me acutely aware of how muc [...]

    7. Written by a man who has lived daily with the wolves of Yellowstone for many years, monitoring theirre-introduction, behaviour, packs, and distribution, you would probably not find more of an expert on the new wolves in Yellowstone.The book reflects this knowledge admirably, and further shows just how important it is to an ecosystem to have its full suite of predators, to create balance and harmony.A fine read for those who love natural history, and the caring and informed conservation of natura [...]

    8. A fascinating and well written account of the project to restore wolves to Yellowstone National Park. It begins with the capture of the first wolves in Canada and their acclimatization to Yellowstone, their release and expansion into multiple packs over a ten year period with lots of information on wolf behavior. I loved it.

    9. Great read while spending time in Yellowstone. So fun to talk to some of the people mentioned in the book and view some of the collared wolves still holding their packs keeping the story going today.

    10. Chronicles the first decade of the Yellowstone National Park wolf reintroduction. Written by the field supervisor of the program, the book offers both a personal and professional perspective on the reintroduction. Several subjects are examined, including wolf biology, behavior, politics and personal details of individual animals. Though slightly outdated now, the book still contains plenty of material for those wishing to learn about the Grey Wolf.

    11. Anyone who likes wolves will enjoy this fascinating story about the return of these apex predators to Yellowstone National Park and how they literally "turned the Park around" by their presence. I always enjoy learning facts I didn't know about these wonderful creatures, so the book kept me interested from page to page.

    12. “Amazingly, a study conducted in 2005 estimated that some two hundred thousand people were seeing wolves in Yellowstone every year, making it hands-down the best place on Earth to observe these animals in the wild. . . . For those who’ve been peering through the spotting scopes, an unforgettable aspect of such encounters is the wolf’s eyes, which can seem to look right through you.”These books tell the story of the reintroduction of wolves into the wilds of the world’s first national p [...]

    13. One of my friends teaches public speaking and one of the assignments in her class (and probably every public speaking class) is a persuasive speech. She no longer allows students to speak on why wolves should be banned from Yellowstone. (Many many Wyomingites are upset about the whole thing.) Prior to her ban on the topic, she'd have several students in each class give the same speech. I can imagine you can only hear that speech, or any speech, so many times.Wolf politics aren't of interest to m [...]

    14. Wolves at one time were part of the natural order in the midwest until they were exterminated. It's documented the date (and person) that killed the last wolf in the Yellowstone area. This book covers the reintroduction of the wolf back into Yellowstone in the mid 1990's.The growth of wolf packs is interesting in and of itself, but I really enjoyed the indirect repercussions of a predator being introduced into a environment which was mainly dominated by "prey": elk & bison.This book or me co [...]

    15. This was a fascinating account from the perspective of the conservationists directly involved with the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone. It was moving to read about the stories of individual wolves and packs that have once again brought wildness back to the park. While this is an controversial issue, the book was able to present the beautiful story of the wolves and the park's recovery while also giving time to the side of the ranchers who believe that the wolves are compromising thier [...]

    16. 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 ha [...]

    17. an enjoyable read, focusing on the wolf reintroduction to yellowstone national park. it may not be for everybody, however those interested, they will find a very informative read. I can't help but feel that certain sections have a liberal dose of romanticism about them (the portrait of the wolf chapters in particular). this generally comes across as harmless though and other chapters introduce readers to interesting scientific theories such as the landscape of fear hypothesis. This is a good ble [...]

    18. Got this for my birthday in the shop at Mammoth Hot Springs after a magical, incredible week of watching winter wildlife activity in Yellowstone, including some encounters with the Lamar Valley pack and a former alpha female of that pack, so hell yes I'm biased! If you EVER has a chance to go to Yellowstone in January or February DO NOT HESITATE!It's wonderful to read about the tumultuous beginnings of the wolf reintroduction, and I want to participate as a volunteer in the annual Winter Study.

    19. I'll admit, part of my 4 star rating is due to the subject matter -- I find this topic riveting. The author does a good job of conveying this science study into his personal journey. I did get a bit lost with all the wolf numbers and pack names, as he jumped around a bit. As well, part of the book seemed to be an acknowldgement for all the scientists and volunteers on the project; a quite deserved acknowledgment, that could have been expressed elsewhere. However, overall, this was a good look at [...]

    20. When I bought this book a year and half ago, I was in Yellowstone National Park. It took me a while to be in the mood again to read this book, but a recent article in National Geographic detailing the wolves of Yellowstone brought me back to this book. This is facinating read on the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. It is amazing what it took to bring the wolves there and what the researchers and conservationists do to monitor and learn from these wolves. What amazing animals.

    21. One of the most poignant and articulate books I've read. This had a PROFOUND impact on my life and is written by the premier wolf biologist, Doug Smith, who was actually the biologist in charge of the Yellowstone wolf reintroduction. I've read at least 10 books about wolves, and this was by far the best. If you've ever been to Yellowstone or the Tetons(I have many times), this will impact your respect and understanding of this truly unique place.

    22. Good overview of the history of re-introduction into Yellowstone, logistics of re-introduction and current state of the Yellowstone population. Interspersing stories of individual wolves was very effective. The attempt to explain the intricacies of understanding social interactions and behaviors illustrated to me the expectation of the scientists for action/reaction without complex thought. As more and more research is published, I hope that will change.

    23. This is a fundamentally inspiring story of how when a few people are dedicated, we can heal some of the old wounds of our country created in fear and ignorance. The extermination of the wolf in most of the lower 48 in the same decade that they are reintroduced in our nation's first national park makes for an extraordinary story. The writing is concise and poetic, the information about wolf behavior captivating, the entire book was just a great read.

    24. I found this in June while preparing for our Yellowstone trip in July and didn't finish until September. What an amazing undertaking for these very cool people. What a great job that must be.Knowing about the wolf reintroduction made our trip to Yellowstone much more exciting, especially when I saw one through a generous wolf-watcher's scope. I had a lump in my throat.

    25. A book I procured while in Yellowstone. A really interesting picture of wolf re-introduction though not comprehensive by any means. I will have to go back and read in full about the reintroduction, but this helped me see what the wolves have done for the park and for the people who love them. I only wish I had seen one!

    26. Loved this book and getting to learn about the history of the reintroduction of the wolves in Yellowstone. The authors do a great job of telling this story in a way that doesnt undermine the science or get too boring. This would be a great read for students in conservation biology or wildlife managementgoing to use it in my class!

    27. I really enjoyed this account of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. The author makes you feel like you are there observing alongside him, and it's amazing to see the many impacts of the wolves in Yellowstone. A really interesting read!

    28. I read this after being hooked on woolf watching in Yellowstone. The "personal" stories of individual wolves and their packs is wonderful. May not be so interesting unless you have been there, done that first.

    29. Awe inspiring book about the wolf reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park coming from one of the people most involved in this project. Extremely detailed and interesting insights into wolf lifestyles, a very smooth read (well-written).

    30. Naturalists, Doug Smith and Gary Ferguson document the successes and failures of the wolf recovery program during the first ten years following the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995-96.

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