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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
Many species of animals that live in the United States have become endangered. Nine books in the "America's Animal Comebacks" series chronicle this problem and what has been done to keep these animals from becoming extinct. In many cases the work of one naturalist has been pivotal to recognizing the problem and taking steps to reverse the trends. Wolves once freely roamed North America. They suffered the same fate as alligators, panthers and other predators. They were feared and killed because they destroyed livestock. Diminishing habitat and dwindling food supply killed off most of the wolves by the early 1900s. By 1930, scientists were realizing that wolves played an important role in the ecosystem. In 1995, scientists at Yellowstone National Park tried a bold experiment to reintroduce wolves into the park. There were no wolves at Yellowstone, so they brought 14 wolves from Canada. Yellowstone was a good place to try to re-introduce wolves because it is a safe place for animals. It is illegal to hunt in national parks and the habitats are protected. The wolves were banded so scientists could follow them in the park. The first group of wolves produced puppies, and the project continues today as a great success. The text is illustrated with numerous large photographs. An addendum contains a list of wolf facts, a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of web resources. Reviewer: Kristin Harris