His plan was to stay in Iowa, maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper - a killer - into a champion of wolves.
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In order to be a good advocate for anything you must see both sides of an issue. I love wolves. It’s very simple for me to advocate for the protection and conservation of these animals. But to be the best advocate for the wolf, I felt it was important to understand all sides of the arguments for and against their conservation. Carter Niemeyer’s Wolfer is a memoir I would recommend to anyone who calls themselves a true wolf-protection activist. The book begins with a narration of Niemeyer’s life as a child learning to become a trapper, to his employment with United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the huge part he played in the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. His life story was amazing for me to read—to understand what he had to endure in his life as a trapper, being hated by many who misunderstood his work. I won’t lie, at first had trouble reading the book due to Niemeyer’s blunt and sometimes graphic (but necessary) descriptions of his work as a trapper. Niemeyer doesn’t sugar coat anything. As I continued the read, however, I was able to gain a better understanding of perspectives on the wolf that I hadn’t previously considered, for example, that not all ranchers want to exterminate the wolf like I’d thought. Thanks to Niemeyer, I was able to educate myself on both sides of the wolf-conservation argument, and education is the key to becoming a better activist. This book is also surprisingly moving. At one point while reading, I found myself crying and as I continued the read I could feel the author’s empathy for these amazing and breathtaking animals. Niemeyer does a wonderful job of illustrating with depth the decisions he had to make for the community as well as the sacrifices he had to make for himself and his career. This book educated me on both sides of the wolf-conservation issue and has helped me to become a better voice for these voiceless creatures. I would highly recommend it to everyone advocating for wolves.
Who knew that there were still people making a living from trapping just a few decades ago, and that the government to this day still spends millions on killing 'nuisance' animals. This book covers many different subjects, but focuses on the reintroduction of the Gray Wolf to the West, and all the issues that this has caused. Whether you are pro-wolf, anti-wolf, for ranching on public lands, or against government wildlife management, I think this book will have something for everyone who is interested in wildlife or the West. Without being overtly political, Mr. Neimeyer gives us an inside look at the industry that is wildlife management in the West, and with his stories he paints a detailed, yet personal picture of how the state and federal agencies try to achieve a balance between people and animals. Mr. Neimeyer pulls no punches when talking about these agencies, or even specific people within them, and he does not shy from naming names, and pointing out perceived problems with them. But behind every criticism is a respect for the hard job the agencies have to do, and the admiration for the ranchers who are out there trying to make a living raising food for the rest of us. These individual stories do add up to a damming review of the federal agencies, specifically the Wildlife Services, and the policies and methods they use to kill many millions of animals each year across the country. That this condemnation comes from one of their most prolific marksmen, makes this argument all the more compelling, and the need for change all the more necessary Even if you ignore the politics and the social commentary of the book, it is still a great collection of stories, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always interesting, about a man who seems to have lived more than one life. Mr. Neimeyer has the rare ability to not only live a very interesting life, but to be able to communicate it to us in a way that is compelling and very readable. This book is more of an autobiography of a man who has lived an interesting life, than it is an expose of the cattle and wildlife management industries, and should be read as such. At the end there is a bibliography for those who wish to learn more about the topics covered in the book, especially the science behind this much benigned animal. Please read this book, and go on to educate yourself about the politics and science behind the wolf, as it is a microcosm of the environmental challenges facing America today.