Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

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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 ...

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Overview

BOOK SENSE NOTABLE BOOK

"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.

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“In The Yellowstone Wolves, the story of the wolves comes to light: adventure, tragedy, survival, and hope, all told in the clear voice of a person who knows the wolves’ new home as well as few others.”
—Pete Fromm

“Gary Ferguson tells [his] story with a naturalist’s rigor, a local’s compassion, a writer’s heart, and an outdoorsman’s soul.”
—Pam Houston
 

"...provides a detailed and fascinating look...anyone who is excited, or concerned about the eventual arrival of wolves in Utah should read this book."—Salk Lake Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592287000
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 940,176
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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, and Men’s Journal. He lives in Red Lodge, Montana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    I first heard an excerpt from this book while sitting on a log i

    I first heard an excerpt from this book while sitting on a log in the first pen into which the wolves were released, in the Slough Creek area of Yellowstone. That was an amazing experience, and perhaps more amazing is that this book never gets old. I've read it probably once a year or more since then. The book executes a difficult task: speak at length about a subject with which the reader might be unfamiliar and thus a little alienated. Juxtaposing the history of the project with the stories of individual wolves breathes life into the description of the project and the vignettes are poignant, sad, and more importantly, demonstrate our need to continue efforts of conservation for these perfect creatures and their ecosystems, and all wild things.

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