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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552382707
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Energy, Ecology and Environment Series, #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marco Musiani is Assistant professor of landscape ecology at the University of Calgary and is also affiliated with the University of Montana. He has conducted research and published internationally on wolf management.

Paul C. Paquet is Adjunct Professor with the faculties of Biology and of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He 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)


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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