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Lves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar ValleyThese forces collide in American Wolf a riveting multi generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscape The central f

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ASIN moved from this editionThe enthralling story of the rise and reign of O Six the celebrated Yellowstone wolf and the people who loved or feared her Before humans ruled the earth there were wolves Once abundant in North America these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s But in recent decades conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies igniting a battle over the very soul of the WestWith novelistic detail Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story o There was a The Sea Lion Festival decades conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies igniting a battle over the very soul of the WestWith novelistic Billy Connolly detail Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story o There was a

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F one of these wolves O Six a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth Uncommonly powerful with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye O Six is a kind and merciful leader a fiercely intelligent fighter and a doting mother She is beloved by wolf watchers particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre and becomes something of a social media star with followers around the worldBut as she raises her pups and protects her pack O Six is challenged on all fronts by hunters who compete with wo 35 Yellowston


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    There was a time when millions of us roamed the continent We fed when there was need We played in forests and open places Our kind lived well from the warm woodlands of the south to the frosty forests of the north and in the gentler landscapes between We raised our pups in cozy dens and raised our voices at night to call out to others Sometimes we joined our brothers and sisters in joyous chorus for no reason at all We lived in a world with many others hunters prey and creatures who seemed to have no great part of our existence There were people here then We lived with them too But other people came people with guns poison and traps people armed with fear hatred and ignorance They took our food sources and when we were forced to look elsewhere to feed they turned their uivering murderous hearts toward us And there came a time when there were practically none of us left across the entire land Nate Blakeslee image from Texas MonthlyIn Eurasia and North America at least where there have been people there have always been wolves They have been a significant feature in the lore of most cultures usually in a negative way While the tale of the she wolf Lupa nurturing Romulus and Remus gives wolves some rare positive press and native peoples of North America offer the wolf considerable respect wolves have not for the most part received particularly positive press in the last few hundred years The obvious cultural touchstone for most North Americans and Europeans would be the story of Little Red Riding Hood followed closely by tales of lycanthropy and maybe a shepherd boy who sounded a false alarm a time too many The wolf is embedded in our culture as something to be feared a great and successful hunter a rival Homo sap is a jealous species and does its best to eliminate other apex predators whenever we take over their turf Such has been the case with Canis Lupus And we have been taking over lots and lots of turfO Six image from StudyBreakscomAs is so often the case when people are involved action precedes understanding European settlers in North America carrying forward Old World biases saw wolves as a threat to their safety Incidents of wolf attacks on people are uite rare though Settlers feared for their livestock as well There was certainly some basis for concern there but not nearly enough to warrant the response In fact wolves serve a very useful function in the larger biome culling the weaker specimens from natural populations and thus helping secure the continued health of the overall prey population The settler response was wholesale slaughter a public program of eradication a final solution for wolves But actions have conseuences The result in Yellowstone Park was a boom in ungulate population which had secondary effects Increased numbers of elk and other prey animals gobbled up way too much new growth impacting the flora of the area unbalancing the park’s ecosystem seriously reducing the population for example of cottonwood and aspen trees with many other changes taking place as well Where wolves live they contribute to the balance of their environment When they are removed that balance is destroyed As a science wildlife management in the early 20th century was still in its infancy and park officials genuinely believed that predators would eventually decimate the park’s prey population if left to their own devices They didn’t realize that wolves and elk had coexisted in Yellowstone for thousands of years that the two species had in fact evolved in tandem with each other—which explained why the elk could run just as fast as the wolf but no faster Wolves were the driving force behind the evolution of a wide variety of prey species in North America after the last ice age literally molding the natural world around them The massive size of the moose the nimbleness of the white tailed deer the uncanny balance of the bighorn sheep—the architect of these and countless other marvels was the wolf It is eminently clear that people are uite accomplished at ignoring reality and extremely proficient at substituting the mythological for the actual often helped along by the unscrupulous self interested who promote falsehoods in order to preserve their personal investments enhance their proprietary interests or enrich themselves or those they represent But sometimes science breaks through the veil of obfuscation and is able to get a hearing for the truths it has unearthed Such was the case with our understanding of how wolves impact our world It was due to this understanding and the persistent efforts of ecological activists that a plan was approved to reintroduce wolves into a few locations in the lower 48 states Yellowstone was the primary site for the programRick McIntyre image from EarthjusticecomThe first wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995 That year a star was born “21M” Even before 21 left his natal pack Rick had known he was unusual One morning in the spring of 1997 two years after Doug Smith and Carter Niemeyer rescued 21 following the death of his father Rick watched the handsome young wolf returning from a hunt With him was the big male who had become the pack’s new alpha when 21 was still a tiny pup The pair had killed an elk and 21 already an outstanding provider had brought a massive piece of meat back to the den where a new litter of pups had been bornThe pups his new brothers and sisters showered him with affection but 21 seemed tense pacing back and forth across Rick’s scope Finally the wolf found what he was looking for a troubled pup that he had recently taken an interest in There was usually one pup who held the lowest rank in a litter’s pecking order but this pup was different; he had some physical problem that held him back Rick couldn’t tell exactly what was wrong with him though his littermates clearly recognized that he was different and shunned him But 21 seemed to have empathy for the pup the way a dog seems to know when his owner is feeling depressed or lonely As Rick looked on the strapping 21 played with the tiny wolf as though he were still a pup himself giving him the attention he so seldom enjoyed from his siblings 21 becomes the alpha of the Druid pack manifesting that most important of leadership ualities empathy The Druids were like the Kennedys to some lupine royalty In 2006 one generation removed 21’s granddaughter is born O Six It is her tale that Blakeslee tells here Well one half of the tale anyway There are two paths followed here One is the life and times of O Six a remarkable creature and another remarkable creature one who stands upright Rick McIntyre Half Black – a Druid pack female image from the National Park ServiceWe follow O Six’s life from her puppyhood in the Agate Creek pack to her gathering together the wolves that would make up the Lamar Valley Pack She is a wise leader a skilled hunter As she births pups the pack grows But there are other packs of wolves in Yellowstone and conflict among them is a natural condition In battle O Six demonstrates remarkable courage in one instance standing fast seriously outnumbered against an invading pack and engaging in Hollywood level derring do to save the day She succeeds despite having in her pack an Alpha male and his sibling referred to by watchers as Dumb and Dumber for their limited hunting skills We see her relocate as needed to take advantage of propitious territorial openings or uarters removed from hostile forces One of her moves put her in a location where wolf watchers could follow her pack’s exploits from the safe remove of a park road cutout It is publicity from the group that gathered to ardently keep track of O Six and her Lamar Pack’s exploits from this convenient watching site and others that made her the most famous wolf in the world Wolf watchers image from the National Park ServiceRick McIntyre was constitutionally of a lone wolf sort a National Park Ranger happiest out in the field whether studying grizzlies in Denali where he became a top drawer wildlife photographer or studying wolves in Yellowstone He was introduced to wolves by a top wolf biologist Gorbon Haber building his expertise and writing A Society of Wolves The book was published in 1993 It expounded on the culture of wolves significantly broadening our understanding of the species His work was instrumental in providing support for reintroduction efforts This work landed him a spot at Yellowstone where he slowly improved his people skills and became a fixture around which study and monitoring of the park packs centered the leader of the wolf study pack He is a charismatic passionate character and you will enjoy getting to know himO Six howling with her mate and his brother image from NatGeo WildThere are other elements in the book The growth of the wolf watching culture and the Yellowstone watchers club is given plenty of attention The politics of reintroduction protection and attempts to remove protection get their share of ink as well There is much in here that will raise your blood pressure Impressively Blakeslee includes a depiction of the man who shot O Six It is not the drooling monster portrayal one might expect Blakeslee takes pains to consider the perspective of hunters There is a description of a marauding death dealing pack the Mollies that will remind you of the Borg or a zombie apocalypse It is as tension and fear filled a portrayal as you will find in any of the best action adventure fictionYellowstone wolf pup image from NatGeo WildWhen studying wildlife researchers are discouraged from forming emotional attachments to the objects of their study Few animals live nearly so long as people so your favorite insert species here will as likely as not perish before you But readers of this book are under no such caution Sitting in a laundromat parked on a backless bench book on an attached table looking through the plate glass rain soaking Hazle Avenue drops cascading down the window my eyes join the mass drip on reading Blakeslee’s description of the death of O Six I will admit that this happens sometimes when reading about people but it does not happen often I am saved from a public exhibition of heaving shoulders and stifled sobs by the buzzer announcing the end of a wash If you have any tears left after this you will turn them loose in an epilogue tale of 21’s mountain top trek as he neared death O Six image from NatGeo WildI only had one small beef about the book I understand that researchers are discouraged from naming their study subjects but it was uite inconsistent in application Some had names others were just numbers and frankly it became a bit tough at times keeping track of which number came from which pack and was that one with this pack and this one with that pack Really that’s it Otherwise no problemoWolf #10 of the Rose Creek pack image from the National Park Service American Wolf is a complex work offering some science some history some political analysis some prompts to raise your spirits some that will make you cheer and some dark moments that will make you turn away fold the book closed and wonder just what is wrong with some people You will learn a lot particularly about wolf culture But primarily it is a tale of hope of reason triumphing over ignorance of courage and heroism besting villainy It joins the intellectual heft of offering considerable information with the gift of being incredibly moving Unidentified Yellowstone wolf – 1996 image from National Park Service Tail high standing tall the gray alpha raises his muzzle and howls a long call Pack members miles away lift their heads point their ears toward the siren summons and begin loping home There are fewer now than there were an inexperienced young adult having found mortal peril on the fringes of their land But still enough of the pack remained strong and healthy They would gather The gray knew where they would go once joined into the valley Caribou were plentiful there They would fill their bellies before grizzlies stole their prize and then would carry large chunks in their jaws for the nursing alpha female It was not the best of all possible world but it would do for nowimage from wolforgReview – October 12 2017Published – October 17 2017EXTRA STUFFThe author’s Twitter feed and a list of his articles at Texas MonthlyVideo a clip from She Wolf Learn to draw a wolf An admirer speaks fondly of wolves howling what beautiful music they make A familiar item from Duran Duran Another from Sam the Sham Not uite a video an an app about wolves with images and sound Yellowstone Wolf History with Rick McIntyreArticles Heroes Life Lessons from Yellowstone’s Wolves by Haleigh Gullion The Call of the Wild interview with Rick McIntyre July 5 2018 NY Times Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist? Wolf researcher Rob Wielgus reports what he can discover then has to deal with the death threats by Christopher SolomonRob Wielgus – Credit Ilona Szwarc for The New York TimesOther Gray Wolf Conservation The International Wolf Center offers a lot of information Yellowstone’s Photo Collection wolves The Call of the Wild free on Gutenberg Get your howl on Of particular relevance to this subject is the Farley Mowat enhanced memoir of his field research experience with wolves Never Cry Wolf published in 1963 and the excellent 1983 film that was made of itFrom the filmNovember 9 2017 American Wolf is among the nominees for 's book of the year Science


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    this is my nonfiction book for the month chosen because i like wolves but sean of the house LOVES wolves and i was going to give this to him when i finished but i'm afraid it would break his sensitive irish heartaccording to this book wolves have a life expectancy of about five years in the wild and this book chronicles several generations of wolves living in yellowstone so you do the math there this book was pulled together from the well detailed accounts of the wolf watchers in yellowstone; individuals who devoted their lives to observing these magnificent beasts every day coming to know their behaviors and ‘personalities’ monitoring their struggles for dominance within their packs their clashes with other packs and witnessing births and deaths in an ever changing pack dynamicas i said i like wolves but in a casual “oh how lovely they are” way without being any kind of wolf scholar or anything so i learned a lot from this book i didn’t know that wolves had been eliminated from yellowstone and most of the US in the ’20’s in order to protect the park’s delicious elk deer moose etc and were only reintroduced in 1995 when wolves imported from canada were allowed to return to an ecosystem that had actually been negatively impacted by their removal in the first place what followed was a wolf explosion that did indeed restore the natural balance but also caused outrage in the local humans as idaho montana and wyoming are full of hunters and ranchers long accustomed to viewing wolves as a threat to their livelihood so not only is the book full of the stories of the wolves under the park’s protection but also about the inevitable wolf diaspora as packs ranged outside of safety and caused no end of consternation and legislature about what should be done to protect the elk and cattle that humans were planning on killing it’s Planet Earth meets Law Order and both situations are fascinating in their own way on the wolf side the star of the book is the alpha female O Six named for the year of her birth who made herself a favorite of yellowstone’s many wolf watching groupies by demonstrating phenomenal abilities in hunting prowess strategic evasion admirable leadership ualities and fecundity if you google “O Six and yellowstone” you get the cliffs notes version of what happened to her but you’d miss out on all the stories told in this book about her and her pack and her rivals this is a nature book so there’s no shoddy anthropomorphization but it’s hard not to fall in love a little bit internet assures me the following are all photos of her and can be found herea superstar of a wolfthe legal track is absolutely bizarre; convoluted and counterintuitive it involves the authorization of wolf hunting in the three states surrounding yellowstone idaho montana and wyoming and it turns into a mishmash of state and federal legislature sneaky riders smooshed into unrelated bills science vs politics rulings overturned wolves placed on and off the endangered species list with shifting boundaries and flinging money at the problem in such contradictory ways one federal agency was reintroducing predators on public land a second was leasing adjacent land to ranchers and a third was dispatching trappers or men in helicopters to kill those same predators when they inevitably crossed paths with livestock america is crazytown it kind of hurts my heart a little to think of someone hunting a wolf since there’s no “feeding my family” exemption and it’s purely for sport or the protection of livestock which i do understand but cattle are big and dumb and delicious and it’s not just wolves who get that there are also bears and coyotes and probably some other beasts determined enough to attack a little one but i will say that of all the wolves who died in this book at least the ones shot by hunters died instantly as opposed to the many who died of injuries sustained in territory disputes with other packs or starved to deathactually scratch that there was one wolf who was illegally shot by a hunter and wandered off to die slowly and his story was the one that hit my heart the worst because he was a collared wolf so his location was known to the biologists working on the wolf restoration project but because “they weren’t zookeepers after all” and didn’t intervene in the fates of the wolves he slowly starved to death over the course of eleven days again this is a decision i understand with my brain but it does nothing to soothe my heart it’s like that scene in that BBC Africa documentary series where the baby elephant gets turned around in the sand storm and wanders in the opposite direction from the rest of the herd and dies and sir david attenborough just kinda shrugs and says “nature amiright?” instead of swooping in to rotate the calf or at the very least not airing that footage because jeezbut i know i know when it comes to reading aboutwatching animals in the wild it would be irresponsible to go into it thinking it’s going to be a disney paradise where animals help each other out and share the territory and no one ever eats anyone or wanders out into the storm bawling piteously nature gets hungry and nature doesn’t sharesure sometimes someone forwards you some heartwarming story about a bear that adopts an orphaned raccoon and everyone goes “aawwwwww” but generally speaking in an environment with limited resources benevolence to those outside of a very short range of community or family is a liability an animal cannot afford wolves are pack animals so loyalties extend somewhat outside of the pure family but even within a pack members submit to their alphas in freuent demonstrative ways and wolves are also highly territorial so when packs cross paths carnage ensues so there are some parts of this book i know will ruin sean of the houses’s day but he’s a particularly soft touch when it comes to animals and if i could get him over that i’m sure he would find this as fascinating and illuminating as i did and be grateful that there are wolves in our country even if they don’t get to live as long as we’d like them to this is one of my few gripes because they aren't pets the wolves aren't given memorable people names but referred to by collar numbers 754 820 859 or if uncollared distinguishing markings or traits middle gray shy male i am bad at math so i got mixed up sometimes that is what my heart heard him say anywayfull review still in the works but definitely one for 'to read' lists of those who can handle the end results of animals doing what animals do and hunters doing what hunters docome to my blog


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    35 starsI've always been a wolf fan They are majestic animals and not just because I love reading the porny books featuring wolf shifters Back in the day my now ex husband and I heard about a man that bred hybrid wolves We were interested and that's way before any legal aspects were really talked about I knowI'm old as crapWe visited the man and we immediately fell in love with one of the pups He was a shy little guy but the owner would not just let us take him We had to meet with him several times before we could take the animal I never really knew the animals wolf percentage but at the time I was young and stupid enough to think it would all be okay I know his mom was an Alaskan Malamute but I knew that there was definitely wolf blood in the pup We named him Diablo and he really did become a member of our family My kids face is blurred on purpose even though this pic is over 20 years oldbecause trolls Diablo was a pup in this photoNow I'm going to admit I loved that animal He was extremely protective of my family Would I do it again? Not on your life Now as I'm older I know that wild animals should be wild and not bred with domestic animals I love and appreciate them but we went through hell with him just being a mixed breed Not because of the animal My neighbors hated him Not dislike HATE If he left our property as animals will tend to do people freaked out Diablo was shot by my neighbor while he was standing in my yard While we were outside with him Was he doing anything? No that didn't matter though He was hit by a car onceon purpose We went to court about him twice Finally he was found poisoned when we returned home one day I still miss himIf he had been an alpha male we probably would have had some trouble I know this so don't troll me and tell me how stupid we were Like you've never been stupid Anyways this book tells about wolves being reintroduced into Yellowstone Park It does try and tell both sides of the story From the hunterfarmer side to the wolf enthusiast It is obvious that the author is pro wolf though As am I He follows the story of one of the most famous wolves called O six She is an alpha female and it follows her from the time she meets her mate until she is killed I'm not going to describe her life because I think you should read this book I do know that it sucks that wolves have such short life spans Not just because natural events happen that lessons their chances of survival but that people hate what they really don't understand or can controlI will admit that when this wolf dies in the book I spent a good thirty minutes cryingand I hardly ever cry I felt gut punched when I read that her mate cried over her bodyStop this stupid people Go read up on all the good things that happen when you have natural predators in an ecosystem Booksource I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review


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    35 Yellowstone and the wolf reclamation project two main characters McIntyre and one a wolf named O six The struggles with the ranchers who see the wolves as predators a risk to their cattle and their way of life The hunters who depend on elk for themselves and those they take on the hunt are also concerned because a growing wolf population means a lessening elk population Those who love the wolves and spend much time watching them are of course on the side of the wolves It was interesting seeing this from all sides and even though the author goes to great lengths to present a clear and unbiased viewpoint one can tell he is firmly on the side of the wolvesO Six a fearless female strikes out on her own and puts together her own pack She becomes the target of other packs ether defending their own territory or wanting hers Much of this book is about following the different packs who is fighting with who what packs are the dominant ones uite interesting a large pack can become decimated in a short period of time either through the death of the alpha male or female or at the hands of a dominant pack Admit to cheering O Six on than once she was uite a wolf and managed to outrun many threats obviously she was extremely smart as wellI came to my love of wolves in a round about way through my children A few of them had a fourth grade teacher who loved wolves her classroom was full of everything and anything wolf she took her vacations at places such as Yellowstone where she could observe them Slideshows were regularly shown and parents were often invited I grew to share in her passion she was so enthusiastic about them it was hard to resist This was well written and ably presented but not uite what I was looking for Wanted on individual wolf studies but this is not that book Still glad I read it and glad books about wolves are being published once again


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    Wolf 0 06Spoiler in Italic “He decided he wanted the gray He exhaled and sueezed the triggerThe gray staggered and droppedIt was a long walk through the snow to where she layThis was a trophy very few people in his part of the would had ever takenWhen he came within fifty yards of his prize he caught a glimpse of movement in the brush behind her The black wolf had returned His eyes on the hunter he stepped cautiously out of the willows and sat down not far from where the gray layHe seemed to be waiting to see what the hunter would do nextThen the black lifted his snout into the air and howled It was the sound the hunter had heard many times over the years but never like this alone in the snow with the wolf a stone’s throw away He stood still and listened transfixed The wolf howled again long and louder this timeFrom the willows behind the black wolves began to emergeThey arrayed themselves in a loose semicircle around the black all silently focused on the body of the grayThe black howled a third time and suddenly they all joined in The hunter stood there agape disarmed by the otherworldly sound by the sheer overwhelming sadness of the cry She was their leader he thought”This book was powerful and unforgettable If you think that you can’t stop the killing of wolves well you are wrong Public outcry has worked It still canIf you think that wolves can’t live peacefully with man you are again wrong Some are learning to stay away from ranches but there is that can be done mostly outcry Rick McIntyre worked for over 20 years at Yellowstone just watching wolves all day long along with other watchers who could be seen parked along the roads with telescopes and cameras My husband and I were driving through Yellowstone one day and stopped when we saw cars and pickups parked along the roadI walked across the street to ask what was happening A man told me that an elk was down and a bear and 5 wolves were fighting over it but that the wolves had retreated He allowed me to look through his binoculars I saw nothing He walked over to another man and then came back and took me over to look through another man’s telescope I saw a white wolf Then a black wolf was sitting down looking at the crowd The man moved the telescope so that I could see the bear standing over the elk I think I said “Oh my God” I would have never had thought that I would even have wanted to see something like this Me who wishes no animals to be ever killed But I wanted to stay there all day with them and wished I had come earlier Rick never grew tired of it He watched them play fight have cubs go after their prey He watched everything and he took notes but he never stayed away long enough to write a book Perhaps these are his notes or at least some of themThis book is mostly about his watching 0 06 the most famous of all the Yellowstone wolves The fight between Fish and Game the ranchers and the public has raged for years in and out of the courts This is not an easy book to read If you are a rancher you just want to kill every wolf and I suppose this book would infuriate you If you love wolves you will be brought to tears and then to anger You will even ask yourself why the Department of Agriculture thinks it has to kill “ten of thousands of predators annually—mostly coyotes but also bobcats mountain lions black bears foxes and red tailed hawks—just to protect the cattle and sheep Have we ever thought to live differently? To allow life to survive on its own terms?The wolves’ impact on cattle has only been about 200 a year whereas out of 5 million cattle across three States tens of thousands have been killed every year by winter storms lightning floods and drought” The wolves do so much less damage but some people like to hunt and then in time they can wipe out wolves if we don’t put a stop to itI had read another book right after coming home from our trip through Yellowstone “In the Temple of Wolves” by Rick Lamplugh He has suggestions online on what we can do to change things He has a blog called “How to Build a Culture that Respects Wolves” I want to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book And I wish to thank the author for writing it and hope that if he doesn’t put a wolf on the cover then perhaps he will put a photo of the famous wolf 0 06 in the inside coverNote I wish to add this article by another wolf lover who has written books as wellWolves and Coyotes Need Not Die So We Can Eat Meatby Rick Lamplugh wildlife advocate authorMy previous post “We Have More to Fear from Livestock than from Wolves” evoked many comments The post’s premise While ranchers claim that wolves threaten their existence and should be eradicated the livestock production that ranchers make a living off of is killing the ecosystem that sustains the rest of usMany readers commented that they had already stopped eating beef or sheep Some readers wrote that they are vegetarians or vegans Still others wondered how they could continue to enjoy meat without supporting an industry that unnecessarily kills wolves coyotes and other predatorsRanchers can keep livestock and predators separate and alive Some choose to do so and become what is called predator friendly Here’s how being predator friendly works for Becky Weed and Dave Tyler in Belgrade Montana On the website of their Thirteen Mile Lamb Wool Company they write “Our principal protection against native predators are our guard dogs and llamas and our own vigilance; because we have chosen not to use lethal control methods against coyotes bears wolves mountain lions our ranch is certified as ‘predator friendly’”Ranchers earn Predator Friendly® certification An annual audit must find that the producer maintains and enhances wildlife habitat employs a mix of nonlethal methods and uickly modifies management practices when conditions changeThere is no one size fits all solution to living with predators but here are some of the nonlethal methods Predator Friendly producers employ Using guard animals such as llamas donkeys and dogs Scheduling pasture use when predation pressure is low Grazing cattle with smaller livestock to protect sheep goats and calves Timing calving and lambing to avoid predation risk Lambing in sheds secure fenced lots or protected pastures Making freuent and unpredictable patrols in pastures Protecting vulnerable animals by fencing out predators Learning the ecology and habits of area wildlifeThe Animal Welfare Institute states that the Predator Friendly program encourages livestock producers like Weed and Tyler to protect some of the most important habitat and species in the United States while opening up a new market for their sustainable ranchWe can support ranchers that choose coexisting over killing by purchasing their Predator Friendly® products Products sold from the Predator Friendly website include beef bison goat lamb turkey eggs and honey as well as sheep and cattle breeding stock To check out the Predator Friendly website learn about ways that ranchers can keep livestock and wolves separate and alive check out “Livestock and Wolves” the guide from Defenders of Wildlife The principal author is Suzanne Asha Stone Contributors include Carter Niemeyer Linda Thurston and others Here’s the link Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands He lives near Yellowstone’s north gate and has just finished his new book Deep into Yellowstone A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy He is the author of the bestseller In the Temple of Wolves Available as eBook or paperback at Or as a signed copy from Rick at


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    I was pleasantly surprised by this book It's an incredibly well told story about a pack of wolves particularly focused on the alpha female in Yellowstone National Park But it's also so much than that It's about people who are passionate about something about fighting for what you love about educating others and how all three of these things combine to really make a difference in the world And even if that difference seems small it can have a great impact on a person's life I love that about this story on top of just being thoroughly entertained by the story of the wolves and learning about them I'd highly recommend this if you're looking for a microhistory that will probably be unlike anything you've ever read before


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    “Rick’s dream though he seldom described it as such was to someday tell a story so good that the people who heard it simply wouldn’t want to kill wolves any” Nate Blakeslee American WolfThis book is haunted by all the John McPhee I've read I wanted to like it I love wolves adore Yellowstone and am even planning a trip this winter to try and spot some damn wolves even if I have to wrap my ass in bacon and tie my sorry self to a tree But back to the book It just wasn't that well written I mean it was good It told the story of 06 but with wolf books and wolves almost have their own fiction and nonficiton genre this one while popular a couple years ago just wasn't great I mean sure the periods were probably all where they were supposed to be and all but if the book appeared outside of Yellowstone I'm pretty sure not even Steven Turnbull a pseudonym would shoot itBut that leads me to wonder why the abundance of positive reviews1 I am wrong and the book was brilliant2 I am right but people like wolves So even mediocre stories told of compeling wolves evoke posiitve responses I'd euate this to watching a wolf out of a crappy spotting scope Yes a Swarovski® would have been much better but YOU JUST SAW A F#%ING WOLF so who cares3 Other readers are just dumbI'm old and wise enough to believe it might be a bit of all three Anyway not great not horrible just a mediocre narrative nonficiton about Yellowstone and its wolves


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    I have an undying love for Yellowstone National Park I visited it 36 years ago 1984 My memories of what I saw and experienced are still fresh Saw so many animal and ecological sights No wolves though Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995; this gave biologists a uniue opportunity to study what happens when a top predator returns to an ecosystem They were brought in to manage the rising elk population which had been overgrazing much of the parkThis book studies the wolf and how it interacts with its environment and other wolves It also chronicles the fight to keep wolves safe from human predatorsI was surprised to find out that there are wolf watchers at Yellowstone and the watchers give the wolves names The watchers also impart human characteristics to the wolves I especially enjoyed following the story of O Six born in 2006 a hunter a mother an outstanding alpha femaleI love non fiction written like a novel and this book is an excellent example5 stars


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    The central focus of this book is the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park and thus the Northern Rockies By the 1920s wolves had for the most part become extinct in the lower 48 states of the US In 1995 Canadian wolves were brought into Yellowstone Park The book follows this reintroduction from the mid 90s to 2015The conflict between conservationists ecologists and environmentalists on one side and hunters ranchers and miners on the other is the primary focus of this book The book is less about the species canis lupis Nor is this a book of nature writing It is about politics and money and competing interests in relation to wolves Much attention is given to Obama’s efforts to reach a federal budgetary agreement in 2011 and Senator Jon Tester’s rider that reversed US District Judge Donald Molloy’s court ruling classifying wolves as one of the endangered species The book flips between court proceedings and political discussions and sections about the wolf packs in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone Park Wyoming The author himself mentions that to attract readers there has to be a heartfelt tie to some wolf and that names work better than numbersWe hear a bit about Limpy but primarily we follow 0 Six an alpha female named for the year of her birth and granddaughter of wolves 21 and 42 who were the stars of those wolves originally brought in from Canada We follow O Six her mate his brother and three litters I will admit that by the book’s end I had indeed become attached to her Of course I was rooting for those who supported the need to keep wolves protected by the Endangered Species Act ESAThis is a book of non fiction but one person goes by the alias Steven Turnbull His name is changed to protect him Yeah he is the “bad guy” The book concludes with an epilog The author relates of his meeting with man No he still does not regret what he has done I do think the author makes an attempt to be nonjudgmental to express the views of opposing camps in a fair and balanced manner but it is not hard to guess on which side he standsI was looking for a book focused on new research about wolves That they have cognitive abilities and emotions is shown The book sheds light on the dissolution and formation of wolf packs and the status of members within However I cannot say I learned anything new about wolves The phenomenon of trophic cascade is mentioned Classic wolf literature is referencedInformation is too often repeated Why are we told of the rangers’ vehicle brands the clothes they wore and the euipment used? To me this sounded like advertising The audiobook is narrated by Mark Bramhall He does a fine job The information is easy to follow My only uibble would be that when things go bad he sounds sour and whiny but in a masculine way The narration I have given four stars I do not regret reading this book but it was not uite what I was looking for I would have preferred less politics and about wolves


  10. says:

    Have you ever been to Yellowstone? Did you spot a wolf there? This is the fascinating story of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and most especially the life story of O Six the great granddaughter of one of the original wolves reintroduced to the national park in the winter of 1995 Yellowstone had been essentially devoid of wolves for almost seven decades Their reintroduction has not been without controversy and heated debate with the inevitable conflict between hunters ranchers wildlife management and environmentalists Nate Blakeslee delves deeply into the political wrangling and maneuvers that have gone on to decide the issue of allowing the hunting of wolves in Idaho Montana and WyomingHis story is most interesting when he delves into the personal stories of the people who cared so deeply for these wolves most especially the park ranger Rick and his sidekick Laurie Lyman a devoted wolf watcher whose notes Blakeslee relied upon for much of his story But the stars of the story are really the wolves themselves and most especially O Six a powerful gray female with attractive markings that Rick and the watchers enjoyed keeping track of as she found a mate boldly hunted and fought off members of other packs and eventually raised three litters of pups before her own demise The reader gets a fascinating in depth look at what the daily life of a wolf is like the interactions between alpha male and female and others in the pack how they hunt den and raise their pups how they protect their territory from other packs etc There is also the villain in the story in the form of the hunter Steven Turnbull name changed The debate over whether the hunting of wolves is needed to control their numbers will probably continue but it has been decided that 'wolves belong in the Northern Rockies because they play a vital role in the ecosystem'Many thanks to NetGalley the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read an arc of this very interesting new book


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