A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes and Policy

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Overview

Wolves hold an almost mythical status in the cultural history of Europe and North America. For hundreds of years, they have been the subject of fairy tales and other lore, embodying mystery, cunning, and sometimes threat. People are drawn to their beauty, intrigued by their behaviours. Yet for those who live in close proximity to wolves, coexistence is fraught with many serious issues.

Wolf management is an excellent model of human-nature interaction and the challenges that come along with it. A New Era for Wolves and People analyzes the crucial relationship between human ethics, attitudes, and policy and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America. The contributors to this volume assert that these human dimensions affect wolf survival just as much, if not more, than the physical environment.

Contributors include recognized scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings. A New Era for Wolves and People includes colour photographs by David C. Olson and drawings by wildlife artist Susan Shimeld.

With Contributions By:

Ed Bangs
Alistair J. Bath
Marc Bekoff
Dean E. Beyer, Jr
Paolo Biucci
Juan Carlos Blanco
Luigi Boitani
Yolanda Cortes
John Erb
Camilla H. Fox
James H. Hammill
Mike Jimenez
Randle L. Jurewicz
Curt Mack
Steve Nadeau
Brian Roell
Carolyn Sime
Suzanne A. Stone
Denise Taylor
Timothy R. Van Deelen
David A. Weitz
Jane E. Wiedenhoeft
Adrian P Wydeven

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Meet the Author

Marco Musiani is an associate professor of landscape ecology at the University of Calgary and is also affiliated with the University of Montana. He was born in Rome, the city of the famous she-wolf, and has conducted research and published internationally on wolf management. Currently, his research focuses on genetics and movements of wolves and other large mammals in Canada and the United States.

Luigi Boitani is the head of the Department of Animal and Human Biology at the University of Rome and a leading authority on wolves. He has conducted an extended series of research and conservation projects on the Italian wolf population, which has recovered dramatically in the last thirty years. He has authored more than two hundred peer-reviewed scientific publications and eight books.

Paul Paquet is an adjunct professor with the faculties of Biology and Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Dr. Paquet has studied wolves for more than thirty-five years and is considered an authority on carnivore ecology with international research experience. He has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Paquet serves on various international government and NGO advisory committees and was the founder and director of the Central Rockies Wolf Project in Canmore, Alberta.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Biographies for Editors, Contributing Authors, and Artists (drawings and photos of wild wolves only)

Acknowledgments

Introduction---Newly Recovering Wolf Populations Produce New Trends in Human Attitudes and Policy Paul C. Paquet Paquet, Paul C. 1

Section I ---Art and Science in Management Plans for Recovering, Recolonizing, and Reintroduced Wolves

1.1 Wolf Management across Europe: Species Conservation without Boundaries Paolo Ciucci Ciucci, Paolo 15

1.2 Ecological and Social Constraints of Wolf Recovery in Spain Yolanda Cortes Cortes, Yolanda 41

1.3 Gray Wolf Conservation in the Great Lakes Region of the United States David A. Weitz Weitz, David A. 69

1.4 The Art of Wolf Restoration in the Northwestern United States: Where to Now? Curt Mack Mack, Curt 95

Section II ---Human Cultures and Ethics Influencing Recovering Wolves

2.1 Ethical Reflections on Wolf Recovery and Conservation: A Practical Approach for Making Room for Wolves Marc Bekoff Bekoff, Marc 117

2.2 Compensation and Non-lethal Deterrent Programs: Building Tolerance for Wolf Restoration in the Rockies Suzanne A. Stone Stone, Suzanne A. 141

2.3 Education as a Conservation Strategy: Exploring Perspective Transformation Denise Taylor Taylor, Denise 161

2.4 Working with People to Achieve Wolf Conservation in Europe and North America Alistair J. Bath Bath, Alistair J. 173

Literature Cited 201

Colour Photos 235

Index 269

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