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Return of the wolf : conflict and coexistence / Paula Wild.
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9781771622066
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Madeira Park, British Columbia : Douglas & McIntyre, 2018.

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262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Wolves were once common throughout North America and Eurasia. But by the early twentieth century, bounties and organized hunts had drastically reduced their numbers. Today, the wolf is returning to its ancestral territories, and the "coywolf"-a smaller, bolder wolf-coyote hybrid-is becoming more common. In Return of the Wolf, author Paula Wild gathers first-hand accounts of encounters with wolves and consults with wildlife experts for suggestions on how minimize conflict, respond to aggressive wolves and coexist with the apex predator. Wild explores the latest theories on how wolves became dogs, the evolving strategies to prevent livestock predation, and why Eurasian wolves seem more aggressive toward humans than their North American cousins. She also addresses the many misconceptions about wolves: for example, that they howl when hungry, kill for pleasure and always live in packs. What is true is that a wolf possesses a howl as unique as a human fingerprint and can trot eight kilometres per hour for most of the day or night in search of prey while using earth's magnetic field to find its way. Some scientists consider wolves' complex social structures and family bonds closer to humans' than those of primates. In a skillful blend of natural history, Indigenous stories and interviews with scientists and conservationists, Wild examines our evolving relationship with wolves and how society's attitudes affect the populations, behaviour and conservation of wolves today. As a highly social, intelligent animal, the wolf is proving adept at navigating the challenges of an ever-changing landscape. But their fate remains uncertain. Wolves are adapting to humans; can humans adapt to wolves?"-- Provided by publisher.
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Wolves were once common throughout North America and Eurasia. But by the early twentieth century, bounties and organized hunts had drastically reduced their numbers. Today, the wolf is returning to its ancestral territories, and the "coywolf"--a smaller, bolder wolf-coyote hybrid--is becoming more common. In Return of the Wolf, author Paula Wild gathers first-hand accounts of encounters with wolves and consults with wildlife experts for suggestions on how minimize conflict, respond to aggressive wolves and coexist with the apex predator.

Wild explores the latest theories on how wolves became dogs, the evolving strategies to prevent livestock predation, and why Eurasian wolves seem more aggressive toward humans than their North American cousins. She also addresses the many misconceptions about wolves: for example, that they howl when hungry, kill for pleasure and always live in packs. What is true is that a wolf possesses a howl as unique as a human fingerprint and can trot eight kilometres per hour for most of the day or night in search of prey while using earth's magnetic field to find its way. Some scientists consider wolves' complex social structures and family bonds closer to humans' than those of primates.

In a skillful blend of natural history, Indigenous stories and interviews with scientists and conservationists, Wild examines our evolving relationship with wolves and how society's attitudes affect the populations, behaviour and conservation of wolves today. As a highly social, intelligent animal, the wolf is proving adept at navigating the challenges of an ever-changing landscape. But their fate remains uncertain. Wolves are adapting to humans; can humans adapt to wolves?


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this thoughtful study, nature writer Wild (The Cougar) examines the uneasy relationship between humans and wolves and the prospects for peaceful coexistence. Fairy tales and idioms such as "the wolf at the door" cast these animals as villains, Wild observes. To counter myths and misconceptions, she provides arresting real-life details: every wolf's howl is as "unique as a human fingerprint"; wolves navigate largely through the sense of smell, enabled by 280 million scent receptors, compared to a human's five million to six million; and enjoy close symbiotic bonds with ravens. Wild's investigation takes her to many different environs, from a family in British Columbia that keeps cross-bred wolf-dogs at great expense (more than $600 a month for feeding), to Wolf Haven International, a sanctuary near Seattle. "Writing about wolves means writing about death," Wild acknowledges, both because humans kill wolves for a variety of reasons, and because the animals attack livestock and, albeit rarely, humans. With stunning color photography to accompany vivid prose descriptions, Wild ably delivers her message for "humans and wolves... to see each other occasionally from far away and then go about their lives without disturbing each other." (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

1 The Wolf at the Doorp. 1
2 The Big Bad Wolf of the Old Worldp. 10
3 Good and Evil in the New Worldp. 21
4 The Life of a Wolfp. 42
5 The Eaters and the Eatenp. 65
6 Coywolves and Wolf-dogsp. 90
7 Wolf Warsp. 120
8 Wolf Watchersp. 141
9 A Myth as Big as a Mountainp. 160
10 A Perfect Stormp. 189
11 Living with Wolvesp. 216
12 Chasing the Moonp. 235
Appendix: Wolf Safety Checklistp. 243
Selected Sourcesp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Indexp. 255