The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf

The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf

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by T. DeLene Beeland
     
 

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Red wolves are shy, elusive, and misunderstood predators. Until the 1800s, they were common in the longleaf pine savannas and deciduous forests of the southeastern United States. However, habitat degradation, persecution, and interbreeding with the coyote nearly annihilated them. Today, reintroduced red wolves are found only in peninsular northeastern North Carolina… See more details below

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Red wolves are shy, elusive, and misunderstood predators. Until the 1800s, they were common in the longleaf pine savannas and deciduous forests of the southeastern United States. However, habitat degradation, persecution, and interbreeding with the coyote nearly annihilated them. Today, reintroduced red wolves are found only in peninsular northeastern North Carolina within less than 1 percent of their former range. In The Secret World of Red Wolves, nature writer T. DeLene Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration. Her engaging exploration of this top-level predator traces the intense effort of conservation personnel to save a species that has slipped to the verge of extinction.
Beeland weaves together the voices of scientists, conservationists, and local landowners while posing larger questions about human coexistence with red wolves, our understanding of what defines this animal as a distinct species, and how climate change may swamp its current habitat.

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Reveals the current status of the [Red Wolf] while clarifying much of its history.—Coastwatch

The Secret World of Red Wolves is a very important addition to any wolf aficionado's library and is easily the definitive and most complete book written on the subject. . . . Readers will find this treatise to be an easy-to-read page turner that is timely and a welcomed book on 'North America's other wolf.'—The Canadian Field-Naturalist

Fascinating, a must-read for both scientific and popular audiences.—Wolf Print

Beeland tells the convoluted tale of the North American red wolf in clear and refreshingly readable prose. The book is a necessary read for anyone interested in wolf conservation, or in the captive breeding and reestablishment of endangered species.—AllAboutWildlife.com

The first complete telling of the comeback of the red wolf. . . . The combination of first-person immediacy interwoven with red wolf history will delight animal lovers.—Booklist

We come to know the red wolf through the eyes of an objective writer, one who has the ability to deliver the details in both a factual and enthralling way. . . and we finish her book feeling something of an expert ourselves.—Ecolit Books blog

Library Journal
Proclaiming a love of all things local is currently a fast and easy way to brand yourself as hip and cool. But one of the truly "local" wonders of the United States, the red wolf (Canis rufus) is almost completely unknown by even the most hip animal lovers and environmentalists. Less documented in the press than the gray wolf and essentially hidden from sight, the red wolf is a species native to the Southeastern U.S. coast; it almost ended up on the extinction list thanks to early settlers who hunted it relentlessly. By the 1980s it was declared functionally extinct. Now nature and science writer Beeland expertly and succinctly covers the story of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's efforts to find and rescue the few remaining wolves in Texas and Louisiana. After locating (and trapping) only 17 of them, the service created the first-ever U.S. captive breeding program in an attempt to bring back the red wolf; there are now almost 200 of them. VERDICT In her narrative of slow but crucial progress, Beeland does an excellent job of covering the worries, hopes, setbacks, and triumphs of the determined researchers and their ultimate story of success. Recommended.—Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469602004
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,299,885
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

T. DeLene Beeland is a nature and science writer living in Asheville, N.C. Her work has appeared in the Charlotte Observer and Wildlife in North Carolina, among other publications.

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