Wolves in the Land of Salmon

Wolves in the Land of Salmon

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by David Moskowitz
     
 

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Wolves. We love them, idolize them, and are fascinated by them. We also hate them, fear them, and blame them. The wolf's relationship with humans is complex and can be emotionally wrought, depending on whether one is a hunter, rancher, or animal lover.

Wolves in the Land of Salmon is nature writing at its best. Vivid imagery and a sense of

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Wolves. We love them, idolize them, and are fascinated by them. We also hate them, fear them, and blame them. The wolf's relationship with humans is complex and can be emotionally wrought, depending on whether one is a hunter, rancher, or animal lover.

Wolves in the Land of Salmon is nature writing at its best. Vivid imagery and a sense of wonder bring the text alive and help the reader understand exactly what it means to be a wolf. David Moskowitz's training as a wildlife tracker gives him insider knowledge he generously shares with the hope that with greater understanding comes new perspective.

The daring photography provides the first significant portrait of these charismatic animals west of the Cascades and the British Columbia Coast Range. His accounts of young wolves at play, and the stories that shed light on the psychological power wolves have across cultures and generations, make this a true wilderness adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This wide-ranging survey about wolves of the Pacific Northwest offers something for both the specialist and the curious layperson. Wildlife tracker Moskowitz uses the tracker mindset in his examination of wolves and their interactions with humans and nature. Like tracking, with its series of educated guesses based on available information, Moskowitz weaves his observations with existing research to understand the present state of wolf populations. In the odd-numbered chapters he describes individual packs of wolves, while more general information is covered in the even-numbered chapters, such as wolf biology or diet and hunting. Moskowitz doesn’t offer advice, but instead seeks to evenhandedly discuss human perceptions of and interactions with wolves. This is particularly well done in the chapter “Shapeshifter: The Changing Relationship between Humans and Wolves,” co-written with Darcy Ottey, which contrasts human reactions to various “symbolic wolves” to the reality of the actual animals. Maps throughout orient the reader to the location of packs while beautiful photographs enliven the tale and line drawings illustrate key points. Residents of the Pacific Northwest will appreciate the specificity of this work, but any fans of wolves or wildlife biology will find this of interest. Photos. (Feb.)
National Geographic Traveler blog
"This wide-ranging survey about wolves of the Pacific Northwest offers something for both the specialist and the curious layperson…Residents of the Pacific Northwest will appreciate the specificity of this work, but any fans of wolves or wildlife biology will find this of interest."

Cascadia Weekly
"David Moskowitz follows these most controversial of animals through the wilds of the Cascade Range and up into British Columbia, richly evoking their habitat and complex nature.”

The Writer’s Shack
“An essential read for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of how ecological, political, and geological trends can lead to the decline or restoration of species and their habitats."

From the Publisher
“An expert wildlife tracker paints a portrait of wolves’ lives and value to ecosystems, set against the backdrop of conflict over rising wolf populations.”

The Writer’s Shack - Riley Banks
“A great book for anyone even remotely interested in North America’s wolf populations.”

Science News
“A great book for anyone even remotely interested in North America’s wolf populations.”

Library Journal
Using vivid illustrations, maps, scientific research, and field observations, Moskowitz (Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest) describes his experiences tracking wolf populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. He outlines the evolutionary history, cultural significance, geographic dispersal, and hunting habits of wolves, and examines threats to wolf populations and future directions in wolf conservation. The results are a comprehensive overview of wolves and their interactions with humans and broader ecosystems. Unlike Thomas McNamee's The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone, he documents several case studies, rather than focusing on one. As a result, readers can observe patterns in wolf restoration initiatives. VERDICT Moskowitz's examination of how human behaviors have impacted wolf populations will be of interest to wildlife conservationists, while his exploration of the physiology, habits, migrations, and lore of wolves of all kinds makes this book an important resource for any wolf enthusiast. The in-depth descriptions of national parks and landmarks in the mountainous Pacific Northwest will appeal to nature readers. This is an essential read for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of how ecological, political, and geological trends can lead to the decline or restoration of species and their habitats.—Ryan Nayler, Native Counseling Svcs. of Alberta, Edmonton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604694901
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/15/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,121,965
File size:
42 MB
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Meet the Author

David Moskowitz, a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator, has contributed to wildlife studies in the Pacific Northwest and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains. He has tracked, documented, and photographed wolves in the wild in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and southern Alberta, studying den and rendezvous sites and assisting with efforts to detect the species in parts of the region where their current status is unknown. He helped establish and co-manages the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, teaches wildlife tracking programs internationally, and has led wolf-tracking expeditions in Washington, Idaho, and Wisconsin. As an evaluator for Cybertracker Conservation, he provides certification of wildlife tracking skills as part of efforts to increase observer reliability and the use of tracking in research and conservation initiatives across North America. An avid mountaineer and an instructor and trainer for Outward Bound, he has explored many of the most remote parts of the Pacific Northwest. He is also the author of the Timber Press field guide Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest: Tracking and Identifying Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates.

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dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz Let me start out by saying wolves are my favorite animal.  In addition, the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite places.  Needless to say this book was a good fit for me.  That being said, I know a lot about both topics.  Despite that I learned a lot of new facts. David Moskowitz did a wonderful job with this book.  It is very well written and packed with a wealth of Information.  The photography is beautiful and graphically the layout was well done.  I read the digital version of this book but it would make an excellent coffee table book. I highly recommend this book for anyone with a love for wolves and the Pacific Northwest. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.