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The Wolves of Yellowstone
     

The Wolves of Yellowstone

by Michael K. Phillips, Teri O'Neill (Photographer), Barry O'Neill (Photographer), Douglas W. Smith
 

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In 1995, history was made as 14 gray wolves were transported from the Canadian wilderness and released in Yellowstone National Park. Their release marked the beginning of a landmark project to restore wolves to an area from where they had been absent for almost 100 years.

The Wolves of Yellowstone provides the inside story of the trials and tribulations

Overview

In 1995, history was made as 14 gray wolves were transported from the Canadian wilderness and released in Yellowstone National Park. Their release marked the beginning of a landmark project to restore wolves to an area from where they had been absent for almost 100 years.

The Wolves of Yellowstone provides the inside story of the trials and tribulations encountered during the first year and a half of restoring wolves to Yellowstone. Written by the project leaders of the restoration effort, it is the only book to contain the biologists' personal accounts, along with never-before-seen photographs, field notes, historical documents, and reminiscences from key figures such as Bruce Babbit and Dave Mech.

The Wolves of Yellowstone allows readers to become completely familiar with this historic undertaking. Mike Phillips and Doug Smith detail the capture, translocation, acclimation, release, and tracking after release of the Yellowstone wolves. Both the 1995 and 1996 wolf releases are discussed.

Given the continuing media coverage of this project and the large and loyal following of wolf fans worldwide, The Wolves of Yellowstone promises to be a much-sought-after reference.

Editorial Reviews

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In 11 thoughtfully written and well-illustrated chapters, the authors lead the reader through a brief history of the wolf before and after its extirpation from the Yellowstone area. The writing is uniformly excellent, extremely well edited, and will inspire as well as educate all who read this fascinating account.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To wildlife biologists of the National Park Service, 1995 was the "Year of the Wolf," at least in Yellowstone Park. The release of 14 gray wolves, translocated from the Canadian wilderness, marked the culmination of a quarter century of effort to devise a strategy for restoration. Project leaders Phillips and Smith give an engrossing, detailed account of the events-capture, translocation, acclimation, release-and the subsequent fate of the animals in their new home. Their narrative is interrupted at various points by 16 brief essays by others involved in the release, including Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Phillips relates the poignant story of wolf #10, shot from the highway, his mate, #9, and their eight pups. Another wolf, #3, had to be destroyed because of predation. Wolf restoration is one of the most important conservation initiatives in our history, according to the authors; they plead for continued congressional and public support. Stunning photographs make their own eloquent plea for the wolves. (Dec.) FYI: Proceeds from the sale of this book will be contributed to support wolf restoration in Yellowstone.
Library Journal
By the mid-1930s silence had replaced the howl of the wolf in the Yellowstone ecosystem-the result of overly zealous government predator control programs. In this eloquent and concisely written book, Phillips and Smith, project leaders for Yellowstone wolf recovery, provide an inside account of the complete restoration project, including public relations, capture, relocation, acclimation, both the 1995 and 1996 releases, and tracking. Fifteen additional persons involved with the project, including former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, contribute short, often moving essays describing their thoughts and feelings about the return of the wolf to the park. Most of the over 70 color photos are of the wolves themselves. These mesmerizing pictures make the book. Recommended for any public or academic library with a strong environmental collection; also highly recommended for libraries in the Rocky Mountain region.-Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896583917
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
04/24/1998
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.42(d)

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