Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves

Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves

by Brenda Peterson


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In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. It is also our own history, seen through our relationship with wolves. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated them. Now, scientists, writers, and ordinary citizens are fighting to bring them back to the wild. Peterson, an eloquent voice in the battle for twenty years, makes the powerful case that without wolves, not only will our whole ecology unravel, but we'll lose much of our national soul.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824937
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 581,579
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Brenda Peterson is the author of eighteen books, including the novel Duck and Cover, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and I Want to Be Left Behind, selected by the Christian Science Monitor among the Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010. Her most recent work, Your Life Is a Book, was a monthly Oprah book club selection. Peterson's work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and she has contributed environmental commentary to Seattle NPR stations and on animal and environmental issues for the Huffington Post. She lives in Seattle on the shores of Salish Sea.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Big, Good Wolf ix

Part 1 What We Almost Lost

1 An Historic Rage 3

2 "Who Speaks for Wolf?" 14

Part 2 Wolf Wars

3 Wolf Teeth on an Airplane Wing 29

4 A Taxidermist's Dream 40

Part 3 Recovery and Backlash

5 Yellowstone: "A Wolfs Paradise" 53

6 Trophic Cascades: A Not-So-Simple Story 69

7 06: The World's Most Famous Wolf 82

8 Old Growth and Young Howls 98

Part 4 Wolf Nation

9 Wolves and the National Commons 115

10 Wolves at Play 137

11 Raised by Wolves 151

12 Wolf Music 163

Part 5 Wolves Return

13 OR7: A Wolf Called Journey 179

14 Sheep Highway: Coexisting with Wolves 199

15 El lobo returns home 223

Epilogue: Speaking for Wolves 242

Organizations Working to Preserve Wild Wolves 258

Notes 259

Acknowledgments 280

Index 282

About the Author 292

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