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The Gray Wolf once enjoyed an extensive presence throughout North America and much of Eurasia, but today most of us have never seen a wild wolf, as it has been eradicated from 95 percent of its range in the United States, and from 25 percent of its teritory in Eurasia. Why has the ancestor of the domestic dog been thus treated and why have we developed such a strong love hate relationship with the wolf?
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Overview

The Gray Wolf once enjoyed an extensive presence throughout North America and much of Eurasia, but today most of us have never seen a wild wolf, as it has been eradicated from 95 percent of its range in the United States, and from 25 percent of its teritory in Eurasia. Why has the ancestor of the domestic dog been thus treated and why have we developed such a strong love hate relationship with the wolf?
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760780633
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/11/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Beautiful book!

    The pictures are beyond enchanting. Monty Sloan is the best wolf photographer I have ever seen.
    The book could have more facts, but I still love it.
    It isn't cold, hard science, but in it are myth, ledgends and proof that wolves are not "big and bad".
    It is the perfect book for animal and wolf lovers, and I read it every day.
    It has also helped me get some information for a novel I am writing myself.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Buy for the PHOTOS ONLY---Little factual material contained

    Monty Sloan's photography is incredible as always! And that is the only good thing I can say about this book. If you really understand and have true knowledge of wolves and wolf behavior then you know that what Mr. Ellis wrote in this book is, well to put it nicely, off base.

    It is a good read for entertainment purposes if you want a laugh, but not much is true in real pack behavior. I find the part about the alpha female telling the pack what to hunt by digging up a buried body part hilarious and she does not teach the other wolves evasive moves by hitting them with limbs of animals. Wolves do NOT hold practice drills as Mr. Ellis references in the book. Wolves are instinctual creatures, not military groups training for war, please give me a break.

    I guess anyone will do anything for fame. This man is a joke and a disservice to animals, dispite his claim to fame.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    i recommend it for animal lover who enjoy "coffee table" style books. incredible photography and fascinating, light reading.

    Spirit of the Wolf (Spirit) is a great book for anyone who loves wildlife and enjoys "coffee table" style books. It's large and heavy, printed on shiny paper, with incredible photography, and conveys a fair amount of entertaining and fascinating factual content. It can be read in one sitting over a few hours and is thoroughly enjoyable. The stunning and breathtaking photographs it seems were all taken of captive wolves in Wolf Park in Indiana, U.S.A. The photographer alludes to this in his forward and claims this allows for the very intimate nature of the photography as these photos would be impossible or extremely difficult to take in the wild. The book also shines during the descriptions of the wolf pack and the many different roles played by its members and just how complex their 'family' is. Also fascinating is the amount of energy spent by wolves in rearing young and in hunting, including some of the interesting strategies employed in both. Lastly, the many methods of communication wolves employ and the information they convey is incredible. They truly are highly social and intelligent animals who can teach mankind a lot, as they did to Native Americans as indicated on page 20. Of course there is mention of some of the ways wolves have been mistreated by humans and conservation issues. The author is not a biologist. In the author's forward, he mentions ".trying to join a wild [wolf] pack," a very compelling and fascinating claim however, some internet research casts a shadow over this claim, and I am unable to figure out the location this was done or the circumstances surrounding it, specifically whether or not it was done with wild or captive wolves. The author was also featured on the National Geographic program "A Man Among Wolves," where he lived with a small pack of 3 captive wolves at the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in England. It seems he did this in a 2.5 acre enclosure as reported by Terriermandotcom.com. The author also studied wolves in Idaho near the Rocky Mountains (I believe Yellowstone National Park) with a Nez Perce American Indian biologist. Was it there or at Combe Martin or both, that the author "lived among" the wolves and became a "member of the pack?" In any case, the book stands on its merits as entertaining and thought provoking with unparalleled photography. Spirit was published by Barnes and Noble.

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