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

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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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By the time the last page turns, the reader will have been taught and entertained in equal measure, and it will be a rare person who doesn't feel more empathy for all those involved with the perilous life of this rare creature. . . . [Beeland's] fine writing shines through this book, lending clarity to complex questions such as how the wolf evolved . . . and charm to stories of the region and the people who have worked so hard to drag the wolf from the jaws of extinction."The Charlotte Observer

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469602004
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/10/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,099,565
File size:
5 MB

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Fascinating and beautifully written. Beeland covers the red wolf in an engaging and clear manner, and the action is page-turning. An important resource for scholars of wildlife and the environmental movement.—Laura Helmuth, science and health editor, Slate magazine

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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The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you interested in reading a non-fiction book that will entertain, educate and inspire all at the same time? Then this is the book for you. If you have never heard of the red wolf, you're not alone. Many people are not aware that this native wolf of the Southeast even exists - and very few of the species do. Red Wolves are critically endangered, and they live in the wild only in northeastern North Carolina In this beautifully written and meticulously researched book, Beeland weaves objective and fascinating information together with wonderful first-person stories about shadowing the field biologists as they go about the tough work of recovering and restoring the red wolf. This is a book for everyone - conservation-minded citizens, students, biologists and people who love wild creatures and wild landscapes. This is a must for your book collection! . 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Secret World of Red Wolves is the most authoritative book written on red wolves to date.  T. DeLene Beeland has done a thorough job of educating the reader on red wolf history from the distant past up until the present day.  You learn how and why they became extinct in the wild-and how thanks to the hard work of the Red Wolf Recovery program they live in the wild once again!  You learn about the threats to their survival, both past and present.  Sometimes I smiled when reading the book, and sometimes I cried.  Beeland pulls no punches.  I have read the book twice so far, and thanks to the information in it I have become the red wolf “specialist” for a non-profit organization.  This is a must read for anyone interested in red wolves, wolves in general, or how an endangered species can be brought back from the brink of extinction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished the book yet. Lots of background info. Goes into detail of what might be ahead as far as the sanctuary in North Carolina. I find it very interesting and will use it as a resource. I do believe that it was well researched.