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

by T. DeLene Beeland
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

by T. DeLene Beeland

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Overview

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469602004
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
File size: 5 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I The Red Wolf Today

1 Red Wolves of the Albemarle Peninsula 3

2 A Morning at Sandy Ridge 16

3 The Search for Spring's Pups 29

4 Howling Summer Nights 43

5 Tracking and Trapping in the Fall 51

6 Winter's Bite 65

7 People of the Albemarle Peninsula 81

Part II The Red Wolf Yesterday

8 Tracing the Origins of Red Wolves 105

9 "Dogs of the Woods" and Their Decline 124

10 A Biologist's Zeal for Recovery 142

11 Wild Island Adventures 157

12 North Carolina's Reborn Native Wolf 165

Part III The Red Wolf Tomorrow

13 The Long Road Ahead 199

14 A Dire Threat from the Sea 213

Acknowledgments 229

Bibliography 231

Index 243

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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

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