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Books transport us to places we never thought we could go. Walk alongside 06 in Yellowstone or Takaya in British Columbia. Live with the Sawtooth Pack in Idaho. Imagine living in prehistoric times and working with wolves to hunt and capture food. It’s all right here. Enjoy our curated list of books and bring the world of wolves to life!

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Adults

926 Raindrops: Gift of the Wild

by

Gloria

Straube

The memorable story of how Straube's vision of a pack of wolves and an encounter with Wolf 926F was life-changing. She intertwines the themes of rain, nature and finding solace. 2021

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Adults

Alpha Female Wolf: Fierce Legacy of Yellowstone's 06

by

Rick

McIntyre

McIntyre celebrates the legacy of our namesake 06, the most famous wolf in the world. 06 was revered around the world for her beauty, intelligence, strength and hunting prowess. You too will be captivated by 06 after reading her story.

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Kids

Alphie: a Yellowstone Wolf Pup

by

Brian

Connolly

Lamar Valley wolf pup loses his way and is rescued by an old wolf. Introduces younger readers to the magic of Yellowstone. 2013 (ages 9-12)

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Adults

American Wolf

by

Nate

Blakeslee

The compelling story of our namesake 06, the charismatic alpha female beloved by wolf watchers from around the world. Blakeslee also tells the larger story of the cultural clash within this country. 2017

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Adults

Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights Into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal

by

Gordon

Haber

Biologist Haber spent his life dedicated to wolves. His groundbreaking research was conducted over 40 years in Denali. He wrote about the wolves as individuals and observed the social disruption when a pack member was killed. Author Holleman published Haber's notes. 2013

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Kids

Black Wolf of the Glacier: Alaska's Romeo

by

Deb

Vanasse

The story of Alaska's legendary wolf, Romeo is told through the eyes of a young girl and her dog. Beautifully illustrated. (ages 3-8) 2013

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Kids

Bringing Back the Wolves

by

Jude

Isabella

With beautiful illustrations, explains how wolves restored the Yellowstone ecosystem. 2020 (ages 9-12)

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Adults

Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise

by

Jim

Brandenburg

Photobook by the nature photographer, Brandenburg, accompanied by his musings on his experiences in search of wolves. Stunning, compelling and introspective, Mr. Brandenburg conveys reverence and respect for world of wolves. 1993

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Adults

Charting Yellowstone Wolves: 25th Anniversary Edition

by

James

Halfpenny

The complete geneological record of each wolf reintroduced to Yellowstone.. The book includes each wolf's story and documents their family tree beginning in Canada. Detailed information is provided on how to access the interactive family tree stored on Ancestry.com. 2020

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Adults

Company of Wolves

by

Peter

Steinhart

Steinhart explores the relationship between humans and wolves. He separates fact from myth and provides a balanced view even though he argues passionately for wolf preservation. 1995

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Adults

Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

by

Douglas W.

Smith

The story of the thirty-one Canadian gray wolves released into Yellowstone National Park in 1995-1996. Smith, with Yellowstone Wolf Project since inception, tells the story from an insider’s view. 2005

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Kids

Face to Face with Wolves

by

Jim

Brandenburg

Nature photographer pairs his photographs with information about wolves and animal study. 2008 (ages 6-9)

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Kids

First Dog

by

Jan

Brett

A prehistoric boy names his new friend, a wolf cub, Dog. 1992 (ages 3-8)

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Kids

First Friend: How Dogs Evolved from Wolves to be Our Best Friends

by

Kersten

Hamilton

Explains how dogs evolved over time with stories of children befriending wild wolves. 2021 (ages 3-8)

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Kids

Fourteen Wolves

by

Catherine

Barr

The story of wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone and how the ecosystem was magically restored. An excellent resource for classrooms studying ecology. 2021 (ages 7-12)

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Kids

Girl and the Wolf

by

Katherena

Vermette

A twist on the classic tale, the wolf helps a girl find her way home. 2019 (ages 3-8)

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Kids

Good Morning Takaya

by

Cheryl

Alexander

Beautiful picture book starring Takaya the lone wolf. Join Takaya as he roams his coastal home. 2021 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

Grand Lady of Yellowstone

by

Brad A.

Bulin

Vivid portrait of the wolves of Yellowstone. Bullin writes from personal experience as a Yellowstone Guide and Wildlife Filmmaker. 2020

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Adults

Great American Wolf

by

Bruce

Hampton

Scholarly research and history of the American wolf. The author, a wildlife biologist, provides a detailed account of every wolf killed in colonial America to the present day. 1997

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Adults

Hidden Life of Wolves

by

Jamie

Dutcher

Amazing photography brings the Sawtooth Pack alive and captures the complex social hierarchy of wolves. Learn about the wolves as individuals and the heartwarming story of the Dutchers living with the wolves. 2013

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Kids

I Wish I was a Wolf

by

Jennifer

Bove

Learn to read and explore wolves with Ranger Rick, including a paws-on activity. Reader level 1. 2018 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

In Wolf Country: The Power and Politics of Reintroduction

by

Jim

Yuskavitch

Published in the 20th year after reintroduction to Yellowstone, Yuskavitch examines the wolve that emigrated from reintroduced areas to the Pacific Northwest. Discusses the politics that surround wolf populations. 2015

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Adults

In the Temple of Wolves

by

Rick

Lamplugh

A personal narrative of three winters living in a remote corner of Yellowstone to observe wolves. Lamplugh immersed himself into the wilderness to watch, listen and learn. 2013

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Kids

Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West

by

Emma Bland

Smith

Follows the journey of OR-7, the first wild wolf to reach California in nearly 100 years. 2016 (ages 6-9)

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Kids

Julie of the Wolves

by

Jean Craighead

George

In Alaska, Julie runs from an unwanted marriage and finds home with a pack of wolves. Sensitive topics. Newbery Medal Winner. 1972 (ages 11-13)

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Adults

Killing of Wolf Number Ten: The True Story

by

Thomas

McNamee

Wolf 10 was shot and killed just outside the protected lands of Yellowstone National Park with a high-powered rifle. His mate, Wolf 09, dug a den next to his body and gave birth to eight pups. This is their story. 2014

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Kids

Koda and the Wolves

by

Leslie

Patten

Koda the golden retriever moves to Wyoming with his owner and learns all about wolves. 2020 (ages 7-12)

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Kids

Little Wolves

by

Svenja

Herrmann

While mother is hunting, her four wolf cubs leave the cave and have an adventure. 2020 (ages 6-9)

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Kids

Living with Wolves

by

Jim

Dutcher

Join wildlife documentarians in their study of wolves while living with them. 2016 (ages 6-9)

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Adults

Living with Wolves

by

Jim

Dutcher

Stunning photographs accompany the Dutchers' story of living with the Sawtooth Pack. Learn firsthand about the social, family-oriented wolves and inner workings of their pack. 2005

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Kids

Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway

by

Edward

Benton-Banai

Mishomis (grandfather) explains how the creator placed all living things on earth. The Ojibway and Anishnasbe people believe the wolf was placed on earth as a companion to man. Mishomi tells the story of how man was lonely and the creator sent brother wolf.

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Adults

Never Cry Wolf

by

Farley

Mowat

First book to challenge our negative perception of wolves. In this now famous book, Mowat recounts his solo adventure in 1946 studying Artic wolves in Manitoba. 1963

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Adults

Of Wolves and Men

by

Barry

Lopez

National Book Award Finalist Lopez draws a from history, literature, mythology and science to explain the relationship between man and wolf. He draws upon personal experience to create a compelling account of wolves as real animals and dispel those created from imagination. 1978

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Kids

Old Wolf

by

Avi

A wolf and raven work to fight starvation, a boy learns real life choices differ from video games. Sensitive topic. 2015 (ages 11-13)

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Adults

Once Around the Sun in Yellowstone

by

Doug

Dance

Photographic chronical of author Dance's account of his year long stay in Yellowstone. Includes a true story of a young black wolf's struggle to survive in Yellowstone's northern range. 2006

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Adults

Once a Wolf: The Science Behind Our Dogs' Astonishing Genetic Evolution

by

Bryan

Sykes

Oxford Geneticist explores how dogs evolved from wolves and the role humans played in the process. 2019

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Kids

One Wolf Howls

by

Susan

Detwiler

Counting and months of the year book along with realistic illustrations of wolves. Great way to introduce children to wolves in natural settings. 2009 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

Pipestone Wolves

by

Gunther

Bloch

Respected wolf behavior expert, Bloch, and renowned wildlife photographer, Marriott, recorded remarkable insights to wolf behavior while observing the Pipestone pack of Banff National Park. Stunning photography. 2016

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Adults

Redemption of Book 302: From Renegade to Yellowstone Alpha Male

by

Rick

McIntyre

A coming-of-age story about Wolf 302's transformation from a ne'er do well who ran from danger to a leading his own pack, the new Blacktails pack. Follow along as 302 matures and proves it is never too late to change (Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, Book3). 2021

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Adults

Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack

by

Rick

McIntyre

McIntyre chronicles Wolf 21M revered for his bravery and commitment to his mate, Wolf 42F. Stepson of Wolf 8, he stepped in as leader of the Druid Peak Pack that dominated the park for more than ten years (The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, Book 2). 2020

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Adults

Restoring the Balance: What Wolves Tell Us About Our Relationship with Nature

by

John A.

Vucetich

Distinguished biologist and professor, Vucetich has studied wolves for 25 years on Isle Royale National Park. He shares wisdom on the environment along with notes from his time in the field to comment on our responsibility to the natural world. 2021

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Adults

Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone

by

Thomas

McNamee

A New York Times Notable Book on the wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone including the details of the wolves lives and all the politics behind it all. 1997

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Adults

Return of the Wolf: Conflict and Coexistence

by

Paula

Wild

Examines our relationship with wolves through natural history, indigenous stories, and field interviews. 2019

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Adults

Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog

by

Rick

McIntyre

The story of Wolf 8, brought to Yellowstone in 1995. An unlikely hero, Wolf 8 struggled as the runt of the litter, but grew into a great protector of his family, the Druid Peak Pack (The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, Book 1). 2019

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Adults

Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf

by

John

Hyde

An intimate portrait of Romeo, the lone black wolf, who captured the hearts of an Alaskan community. The author uses photographs from his personal encounters with Romeo to tell the story. 2012

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Kids

Running with Wolves

by

Jim

Dutcher

Meet Kamots, Matsi and Lakota and watch them grow from cute pups to a devoted pack with the Dutchers. 2019 (ages 10-15)

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Adults

Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman and the Wild

by

Renee

Askins

The author fell in love with an orphan wolf pup and vowed to make a difference. Askins spent fifteen years working to restore wolves to Yellowstone. Part memoir, and part love story you will not forget. 2002

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Adults

Society of Wolves: National Parks and the Battle Over the Wolf

by

Rick

McIntyre

The Yellowstone Wolf Project Field Biologist details the plight of wolves in America. He discusses wolf reintroduction in National Parks and includes a section on the first year of the return of wolves to Yellowstone. 1996

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Kids

Spur: a Wolf's Story

by

Eliza

Robertson

Spur sees a helicopter and something strikes her paw. Next time, she knows to save her pack. Sensitive topic. 2019 (ages 6-9)

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Kids

Takaya's Journey

by

Cheryl

Alexander

Elementary school readers are transportd into Takaya the lone wolf's world. 2021 (ages 6-9)

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Adults

Takaya: Lone Wolf

by

Cheryl

Alexander

A poignant chronicle of the author’s relationship with Takaya, a solo wolf living on uninhabited islands in British Columbia. Alexander lovingly documents the eight years she spent observing and advocating for the lone wolf. 2020

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Adults

Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year With Wolves in the Wild

by

Helen

Thayer

Adventurer Thayer and her husband observed wolves by living among them in Canada. They learned to copy the reactions of their part-wolf dog to gain acceptance. Entertaining and informative. 2004

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Kids

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

by

Eugene

Trivizas

A clever turn of the classic tale where pigs are the villains. 1993 (ages 3-8)

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Kids

True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

by

Jon

Scieszka

Alexander T. Wolf tells his side of the tale …! 1989 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

War Against the Wolf: America's Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf

by

Rick

McIntyre

Through documents and articles, McIntyre chronicles the persecution of the wolf beginning in early America to 1995. The comprehensive history traces human attitudes toward wolves and how wolf policy is influenced. 1995

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Adults

White Wolf: Living with an Artic Legend

by

Jim

Brandenburg

With thoughtful prose and brilliant photography, Brandenburg tells the story of arctic wolves on Ellesmere Island, one of the planet's last great wilderness territories. Ellesmere is Canada's northernmost island near the tip of Greenland. 1988

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Adults

Wisdom of Wolves: How Wolves Can Teach Us to be More Human

by

Elli H.

Radinger

Wolves are much like humans. They live in family units led by couples, raise their young and care for the elderly. Wolf expert and naturalist Radinger tells stories of 06, Cassanova and other famous wolves that illustrate the wisdom of wolves. 2019

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Adults

Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack

by

Jim

Dutcher

The Dutchers’ fondly recount six years living with the Sawtooth Pack and the lessons learned as they gained the trust of three generations of wolves. 2018

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Adults

Wolf Almanac: A Celebration of Wolves and Their World

by

Robert H.

Busch

A widely respected reference work on the history and evolution of wolves. Includes biology, anatomy and physiology, behavior, sociology, and every aspect of the wolf kingdom. 2007

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Adults

Wolf Called Romeo

by

Nick

Jans

The incredible story of a black wolf who befriended man and dog alike in Juneau, Alaska. For six years, Romeo accompanied people on hikes and played with their dogs. 2014

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Kids

Wolf Called Wander

by

Rosanne

Parry

Chapter book following the 1,000-mile journey of OR-7, narrative mixes in facts about wolves. 2019 (ages 9-12)

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Adults

Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us About Being Human

by

Teo

Alfero

Discusses the historical and spiritual connection of humans and wolves and how that connection can transform our inner selves. Alfero provides a way forward that helps both us and wolves. 2019

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Adults

Wolf Island: Discover Secrets of a Mythic Animal

by

L. David

Mech

Filled with vivid anecdotes and a spirit of adventure, Mech recounts three seasons of groundbreaking fieldwork researching wolves and moose on Isle Royale. 2020

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Adults

Wolf Land

by

Carter

Niemeyer

Follow along with retired wildlife biologist Niermeyer as he tracks wolves and shares their lives in his second book. The author has an interesting perspective as he formerly trapped wolves for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He now is an inspirational advocate for wolves. 2016

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Adults

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

by

Brenda

Peterson

The author, a nature writer and NPR contributor combines science and storytelling to the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. One chapter is devoted to the story of 06. The book critically acclaimed internationally, was also selected as Forbes Magazine Conservation Book of the Year. 2017

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Kids

Wolf Watch

by

Kay

Winters

Informative story follows wolf pups from birth to first outing from the den. 1997 (ages 3-8)

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Kids

Wolf in the Snow

by

Matthew

Cordell

A girl lost in a snowstorm finds a lost wolf cub, both have a happy ending. Caldecott Medal Winner. 2017 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

Wolfer: A Memoir

by

Carter

Niemeyer

The author, a former wolf trapper, was one of the key figures involved in the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. His transformation can be summed up by one of the quotes in his book, "If wolves can't live in the wilderness, where can they live?" 2010

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Kids

Wolves Return

by

Celia

Godkin

Biologist explains Yellowstone Wolf Project and the positive effects of the reintroduction of wolves. 2017 (ages 9-12)

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Kids

Wolves are Back

by

Jean Craighead

George

The persecution, almost extinction, and return of wolves to Yellowstone. 2008 (ages 3-8)

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Adults

Wolves at Our Door: The Extraordinary Story of the Couple Who Lived with Wolves

by

Jim

Dutcher

This is as much of a love story of the Dutchers as the wolves lived with. Devotion to wildlife brought Jim and Jamie together. Their love of twolves helped them to perserve against mountain lions, forest fires, sub-zero temperatures and politics. 2002

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Adults

Wolves in the Land of Salmon

by

David

Moskowitz

A beautiful portrait of wolves in the wild. The author tells their story from close range while tracking the wolves over hundreds of miles in the rugged pacific northwest. 2013

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Adults

Wolves of Yellowstone

by

Michael K.

Phillips

Project Leaders Phillips and Smith tell the story of Yellowstone wolf reintroduction from the inside including public relations, capture, relocation, acclimation, release and tracking. Includes moving essays along with over 70 color photos. 1996

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Adults

Wolves on the Hunt: The Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey

by

L. David

Mech

Wolves are considered one of nature's greatest hunters. The authors combine field observations, behavioral data and research to create a portrait of wolves and their natural hunting behavior. 2015

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Adults

Wolves: Western Warriors

by

Julie

Argyle

Photographer Argyle discusses the struggle wolves have to survive in the wild and even more so in a world where people set out to exterminate them. She explores what it means to be a wolf in Yellowstone through stunning photography and personal observations about the Wapiti Lake pack and other notable wolves. Argyle also includes information about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone and the ongoing concern of wolves no longer listed as an endangered species. 2022

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Adults

Women Who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

by

Clarissa Pinkola

Estes

Dr. Estes, a Jungian psychoanalyst, believes women and wolves share a physic bond and that females should get in touch with that side of their psyche to make instinctive level decisions. 1992

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Adults

Yellowstone Wolf: A Guide and Sourcebook

by

Paul

Schullery

Anthology of documents related to the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone including environmental impact and wolf movement tracking reports. Forward penned by Bruce Babbitt. 1996

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Adults

Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild

by

James

Halfpenny

Halfpenny, a scientist and educator, reviews the success of the wolf reintroduction experiment in Yellowstone. He provides details of each wolf with beautiful photographs and lineage charts. 2003

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Adults

Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World's First National Park

by

Douglas W.

Smith

The New York Times calls the reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone “arguably the world’s greatest wildlife experiment.” Assembled by three of the biologists who studied the wolves return, the book provides a wealth of scientific research and includes essays from every wolf biologist in America today. 2020

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Photos courtesy of Jimmy Jones Photography