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The Wolf Almanac is the most widely respected compendium on the wolf in print today. This new edition is completely updated and expanded, with new photos, in an all-new full-color format. The Wolf Almanac covers every aspect of the wolf kingdom: the evolution of the wolf, including overview of subspecies; current and historical ranges of wolves throughout the world; wolf anatomy and physiology; wolf behavior-wolf society and reproduction, play and interactions with other species; the wolf in human culture; the ...
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Overview

The Wolf Almanac is the most widely respected compendium on the wolf in print today. This new edition is completely updated and expanded, with new photos, in an all-new full-color format. The Wolf Almanac covers every aspect of the wolf kingdom: the evolution of the wolf, including overview of subspecies; current and historical ranges of wolves throughout the world; wolf anatomy and physiology; wolf behavior-wolf society and reproduction, play and interactions with other species; the wolf in human culture; the wolf as a predator; history of wolves as furbearers; the wolf as a big-game animal; wolves in zoos; the wolf as a pet; conservation of the wolf and the latest updates on reintroductions; and more. With hundreds of full-color photos, graphs, charts, maps, and more, The Wolf Almanac is an indispensable edition to any naturalist's library.

This is the complete and authoritative, illustrated reference for wolf enthusiasts of all kinds, from nature-lovers to researchers. Both visually stimulating and intellectually intriguing, The Wolf Almanac will bridge the gap between the myth and the reality of the wolf, and in so doing will help preserve this most intelligent and graceful predator. Photos, many in color.

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Dennis Winters
Like many a naturalist-author before him, Busch seeks to separate the wolf of reality from that of myth and give us a glimpse of the authentic animal. He does admirably well. From the beginning chapters on wolf biology, ecology, and ethology, he proceeds to take up the relationship of wolf and man in all its many aspects; that is, the wolf's place in our culture, as a predator, as our prey, and lately as our ward. Busch is largely concerned with the wolf's place in the modern world. He takes pains to dispel the notion that the wolf is the natural enemy of humans and replace it with acceptance of the wolf as a fellow creature with its own right to exist. The chapters on wolves in zoos, wolves as pets, and conservation of the wolf directly address some very important questions as to what we can do also, what we shouldn't do to continue sharing the world with wolves.
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"No other wolf resource offers this level of detail. Evolution, distribution, anatomy, physiology are illuminated." —Whole Earth Review "The Wolf Almanac is a splendid reference guide—as handy as it is scholarly and comprehensive." —Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs "This book, especially the subject of reintroduction, ought to be required reading for all those concerned with wildlife conservation." —American Zoological Association Communiqué
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558213517
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Busch is the author of eight books on natural history, including The Wolf Almanac, a best-selling selection of the Natural Science Book Club, and The Cougar Almanac. His writing has appeared in Nature Canada, Wildlife Conservation, Discovery, Country Journal, Grolier 1998 Anthology of Best Science Writing, and many others. He lives in British Columbia.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     viii
Foreword   Rick Bass     ix
Preface     xiii
The Evolution of the Wolf     1
Scientific Classification of Wolves
The Distribution of Wolves     17
Range and Habitat
North America
Eurasia
Anatomy and Physiology     25
Physical Description
Wolf Senses
Tracks
Wolf Scat
Diseases
Injuries
Longevity
Behavior and Activities     47
The Wolf Pack
Lone Wolves
Communication
Curiosity
Intelligence
Interactions with Other Species
Travel
Play
Swimming
Grooming
Courtship
Reproduction
Inbreeding
The Birthing Den
Litters
Territories
Food
Hunting
The Wolf in Human Culture     99
The Wolf as a Nurturer
The Big Bad Wolf
Werewolves
Man-Eating Wolves
Children Reared by Wolves
The Wolf and the North American Indian
Wolves versus Settlers
Wolf Bounties
The Extinction of the Wolf
The Wolf as a Threat to Humans
The Wolf as a Predator: Wolf Control     129
The Wolf as a Killer of Big Game
Livestock Predation by Wolves
The Wolf as a Furbearer     141
Trapping Statistics-United States
Trapping Statistics-Canada
The Wolf as a Big-Game Animal     151
Hunting Statistics-United States
Hunting Statistics-Canada
The Wolf as a Zoo Animal     159
Wolf Parks
The Wolf as a Pet     179
Wolf-DogHybrids
Conserving the Wolf     187
Wolf Reintroduction Programs
Wolf Research
Public Wolf Howls
Conclusion     221
The Current Status of the Wolf
The Legal Status of the Wolf
The Future of the Wolf
The endangered species act of 1973     243
The IUCN Manifesto on wolf conservation     245
Wolf Conservation Organizations and Newsletters     249
Glossary     254
Bibliography     256
Index     267
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