Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story / Edition 1

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The western Great Lakes region of the United States is the only portion of the lower 48 states where wolves were never completely extirplated. This region contains th areas were never completely extirpated. This region contains the areas where many of the first modern concepts of wolf conservation and research were developed, and where many early proponents of wolf conservation such as Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, and Durward Allen lived and worked. The Great Lakes region is also the first place in the United States where "endangered" wolf populatins recovered. During this recovery, we learned much about wolf biology and ecology, depredation management, and social aspects of wildlife coservation. Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States traces wolf recovery from diverse perspective ranging from ecology, management, and policy to the cultural, social, and historical significance of wolves.
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"This book documents and evaluates the recovery of the gray wolf in the Great Lakes Region, where modern concepts of wolf conservation developed. Twenty-three chapters written by numerous wolf biologists cover all aspects of the recovery effort, starting with early history, research, and conservation in this area. … This book provides a model for future recovery efforts and the management of wolf populations, as well as of large predators. Summing Up: Recommended. All general, academic, and professional audiences." (R. L. Smith, Choice, Vol. 47 (2), October, 2009)

“Each chapter reads like a scientific paper that addresses its topic with scholarly thoroughness. … The chapters are essentially research papers written by scientists for other scientists. Anyone who can read a newspaper can understand most of this material … . In short, this book is a serious attempt to understand a major topic in wolf restoration. This compilation of scholarship is likely to be the most authoritative and carefully researched book on the topic for a long time to come.” (Steve Grooms, International Wolf, Spring, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387859514
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Early Wolf Research and Conservation in the Great Lakes Region Curt Meine 1

2 Long-Term Research on Wolves in the Superior National Forest L. David Mech 15

3 Wolf and Moose Dynamics on Isle Royale John A. Vucetich Rolf O. Peterson 35

4 An Overview of the Legal History and Population Status of Wolves in Minnesota John Erb Michael W. DonCarlos 49

5 Wolf Population Changes in Michigan Dean E. Beyer, Jr. Rolf O. Peterson John A. Vucetich James H. Hammill 65

6 History, Population Growth, and Management of Wolves in Wisconsin Adrian P. Wydeven Jane E. Wiedenhoeft Ronald N. Schultz Richard P. Thiel Randy L. Jurewicz Bruce E. Kohn Timothy R. Van Deelen 87

7 A Disjunct Gray Wolf Population in Central Wisconsin Richard P. Thiel Wayne Hall, Jr. Ellen Heilhecker Adrian P. Wydeven 107

8 Change in Occupied Wolf Habitat in the Northern Great Lakes Region David J. Mladenoff Murray K. Clayton Sarah D. Pratt Theodore A. Sickley Adrian P. Wydeven 119

9 Growth Characteristics of a Recovering Wolf Population in the Great Lakes Region Timothy R. Van Deelen 139

10 Prey of Wolves in the Great Lakes Region Glenn D. DelGiudice Keith R. McCaffery Dean E. Beyer Jr. Michael E. Nelson 155

11 Factors Influencing Homesite Selection by Gray Wolves in Northwestern Wisconsin and East-Central Minnesota David E. Unger Paul W. Keenlance Bruce E. Kohn Eric M. Anderson 175

12 Dispersal of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region Adrian Treves Kerry A. Martin Jane E. Wiedenhoeft Adrian P. Wydeven 191

13 Are Wolf-Mediated Trophic Cascades Boosting Biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region? Thomas P. Rooney Dean P. Anderson 205

14 Wolves, Roads, and Highway Development Bruce E. Kohn Eric M. Anderson RichardP. Thiel 217

15 Taxonomy, Morphology, and Genetics of Wolves in the Great Lakes Region Ronald M. Nowak 233

16 Human Dimensions: Public Opinion Research Concerning Wolves in the Great Lakes States of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Kevin Schanning 251

17 Ma'iingan and the Ojibwe Peter David 267

18 Wolf-Human Conflicts and Management in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan David B. Ruid William J. Paul Brian J. Roell Adrian P. Wydeven Robert C. Willging Randy L. Jurewicz Donald H. Lonsway 279

19 Education and Outreach Efforts in Support of Wolf Conservation in the Great Lakes Region Pamela S. Troxell Karlyn Atkinson Berg Holly Jaycox Andrea Lorek Strauss Peggy Struhsacker Peggy Callahan 297

20 The Role of the Endangered Species Act in Midwest Wolf Recovery Ronald L. Refsnider 311

21 Wolf Recovery in the Great Lakes Region: What Have We Learned and Where Will We Go Now? Adrian P. Wydeven Timothy R. Van Deelen Edward J. Heske 331

Index 339

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