Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

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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. 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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Overview

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. The wolves have not only survived but completely changed the ecosystem, spilling a fresh measure of wildness across the world’s first national park.

This updated edition includes additional wolf profiles, newinformation on the effects of climate change and disease, and a retrospective on what the scientists have learned during this extended study of the Yellowstone wolves.

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“This should be your book if you care at all about preserving wildness in the world.”
—William Kittredge, author of The Nature of Generosity
 
“Respectful and intriguing, this in an indispensable historical document on the West, all the more so for the elegance of the story and the clarity of writing.”
—Rick Bass, author of The New Wolves and The Ninemile Wolves 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762779055
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 398,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Smith, PhD, project leader, has studied wolves for decades and has worked on the reintroduction since its inception. 

Gary Ferguson, an award-winning nature writer, has written several books and for publications including Vanity Fair, Outside, and Men’s Journal

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    Posted April 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    GREAT book about the history of wolves in Yellowstone.

    First, the book is very well written, and Smith has a very nice story-telling style. It reads well and tells a very good story.
    Second, it is not a scientific or academic piece. It is a history. He does cite several other sources, but more than anything, it is a history from his point of view, telling the story of wolf introduction, specific wolves, and how the packs have evolved since being introduced.
    Third, it is clearly written from the point of view of someone that is passionate about wolves and Yellowstone, and how all of that interacts.
    The book is organized with alternating chapters -one chapter telling the overall picture, followed by chapters he calls "Portraits of a wolf," that focus in on "Wolf #97". Both are very interesting. The portraits tell the story of that particular wolf from its capture in Canada or birth in the Park, to introduction, to the role it played in a pack through its life, and ultimately its death. He tells of his personal interactions helping capture each wolf for collaring, or observations from afar. These portraits are really quite compelling and look the wolves as individuals which is certainly interesting.
    Other chapters telling the bigger picture are nice descriptions about pack development, interaction with one another, how they have adapted to the prey base, their migration in/around/out of YNP which was also quite interesting.
    He touched briefly on some of the larger assertions such as the trophic cascade the wolves are causing, which was the main reason I wanted to read the book. While he did touch on the concept in general, and some of the changes happening in YNP, I really didn't feel he made a strong case one way or the other, other than the general idea of the concept. But as I read the book, I realized that wasn't the point of the book. It wasn't a scientific report asserting really anything like that. It was simply a history from the point of view of a guy that spends every day dealing with the wolves in and around YNP.
    My recommendation is that no matter how you view the wolves - good bad or sideways, this is a good read and tells a story worth being told.

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