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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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: NOOK Book
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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Beeland brings the red wolf and its world—weird, wild howl and all—to splendid life. This elusive, beautiful, and beleaguered animal has found a teller worthy of its tale.—David Dobbs, author of Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral

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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.