The Wolf

The Wolf

A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

Book - 2017
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The intimate, involving story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. For readers of H is for Hawk , captivating works of reportage, and iconic books on the American West.

Before humans ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in the United States, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves from Canada back to Yellowstone National Park, igniting a battle over the very soul of the American West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six. She's a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. Beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, O-Six becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is being challenged on all fronts: by hunters and their professional guides, who compete with wolves for the elk they all prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who resent her dominance of the stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in The Wolf , a riveting multigenerational wildlife saga that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most vibrant landscapes.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Random House Canada,, 2017, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780345815736
Branch Call Number: 599. 773 BLA
Characteristics: 300 pages : genealogical table, maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 26, 2019

The best book I have read in years. The author includes multiple perspectives and winds a very engaging narrative . No matter your perspective on the wolves in YNP, you will learn and be given consideration points for varying points of view. The 'O6 ' biography is astonishing.

Dec 01, 2018

A moving and educational true story of the life of 0-Six, an alpha female wolf in Yellowstone. Part of the reintroduction of wolves into the park, the story follows her life, as well as those of packmates and other packs. The book brings you into the lives of wolves from pups to death. The beauty and the savagery of wild and formidable animals is painted vividly in the author's words. The humanity and savagery of men, also as formidable animals, is also depicted. It is easy to get lost in the fast moving stories as each vignette unfolds, from denning, to hunting to caring for the less fortunate to fighting for territory, and to dying. One can't help compare at times, wolves to men. I appreciated the education on the effort to reintroduce the wolves to their ancestral range, especially as wolves in MN and WI are being removed from the endangered list. And, I hope, that in the Yellowstone, looking over the valleys, the spirit of 0-Six lives on forever.

Oct 11, 2018

Blakeslee writes an engaging story of the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone, telling it from both advocates’ and antagonists’ perspectives. Readers follow three generations of alpha pairs, their progeny and their ‘watchers.’

I didn’t expect this to be page-turning exciting. It was. It’s this month’s [October 2018] New York Times/PBS NewsHour ‘Now Read This’ selection.

May 09, 2018

Fantastic. A well written, supremely researched look at wolf reintroduction into the lonesome crowded west. Highly recommended.


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Dec 21, 2018

interesting, gave you good info on both sides of the "let the wolves kill for food vs kill off the varmint. story was a little one sided in favor of the "poor wolves". went into too much detail about the people that monitored the wolves. lost interest about half way through book, sped read to finish. gave up 3/4 through

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