12620245444_90abbb9252_b-Gary Ferguson

Yellowstone Wolves

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“There is not a predictable moment in this poignant and beautifully told story of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.”

-Jean Craighead George, author of the Newbery Award-winning Julie of the Wolves.

Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year
Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year

Falcon Publishing, 1996
paperback

 

As the days pass you’ll be witness to an extrodinary parade of never-before-seen events: Wolves choosing den sites, looking for mates—all in a world bereft of their own kind. And those remarkable first encounters with Yellowstone’s elk, grizzly bears, coyotes and moose, none of which had ever laid eyes on an intact wolf pack.

Excerpt

Take a front row seat in the wilds of Yellowstone for the opening movements of one of the world’s great predators, coming home.

“It begins at a time of few beginnings. On one of those March days gray and sharp as steel, full of snow, winter still sprawling on its belly like some belligerent sow bear, chasing the early bluebirds back down to the lowlands, showing no sign of ever giving Yellowstone back to spring. A time of illusions. Back and forward and back again, pulling and pushing, creatures of all kinds running after the season like beachcombers hurrying down the sand behind the surf hustling for treasures, only to be chased up the shore seconds later by the rush of waves.”

Synopsis

As the days pass you’ll be witness to an extrodinary parade of never-before-seen events: Wolves choosing den sites, looking for mates—all in a world bereft of their own kind. And those remarkable first encounters with Yellowstone’s elk, grizzly bears, coyotes and moose, none of which had ever laid eyes on an intact wolf pack.

Here too is a close-up look human side of this historic event. There’s the tragicomic saga of Chad McKittrick, who shot and killed the male wolf known as number Ten, as well as the frenzied struggle by biologists to rescue his mate and her eight pups. The astonished delight of tourists in the Lamar Valley, watching from the road as the wolves play out their first encounters with elk and bison; sparks of ancient fears rising in residents along the Beartooth Front. “In the coming months,” writes Ferguson, these fourteen animals will rarely be cast as anything but gods or devils, the cure sure to save us or the plague that will bring us down – always a team of saviors of a herd of Trojan horses. Never just a bunch of predators, coming home.”

Reviews

“Simply the best book on the wolf reintroduction ever published.”
Dr. Mark Johnson, Chief Wildlife Veterinarian, Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project

“What a story it is: Adventure, tragedy, survival and hope, all told in the clear, simple voice of a person who knows the wolve’s new home as few others.”—Pete Fromm

“Gary Ferguson tells the story of the wolves’ first year with a naturalist’s rigor, a local’s compassion, a writer’s heart, and an outdoorsman’s soul.”—Pam Houston