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The Great American Wolf

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Hampton tells the remarkable three hundred year odyssey of the American wolf. What was once North America's most reviled beast, pursued to extinction throughout the United States, has become, in the last half century, a symbol of wilderness, tolerated and even desired over much of its former range.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by Holt Paperbacks (first published January 15th 1997)
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May 04, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
This book aptly portrayed how unseemly, abominable, exhausting, and downright ludicrous the "wolf wars" really were. It showed how hypocritical humans are, and how destructive we can be in our ignorance and apathy. A truly inspiring, disillusioning book.
Feb 22, 2017 Ddonaldson591 rated it really liked it
This book chronicles the history of wolves in the United States. I was under the impression I might learn some more about wolf biology, but overall a good read.
This book is an excellently researched history of wolves in America with tons of quotes and facts, but it is particularly impressive how well the author captures the mood of the times and the different points of view of humans regarding wolves. Wolf lovers should be warned, though, that he describes the killing of wolves in detail as well, which is the main reason I can't say that I really enjoyed reading the book sometimes. All the same, a very good book for those who want to know more about wo ...more
Sparkie Allison
Jan 05, 2014 Sparkie Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well researched history of wolves in North America but with disturbing detail of humans changing from respecting the wolf to destroying them. I started and stopped the book several times before finally finishing it. As an animal lover, it is intriguing and frustrating. Wolves are beautiful animals. We have invaded their territory and we cannot expect them to stay in a certain area to be controlled by wildlife mgmt. I appreciate places such as the Wolf Conservatory in NY and Wolf Hollow in Ipsw ...more
Hillary Shepard
Nov 24, 2016 Hillary Shepard rated it really liked it
Really interesting and well written - not a long read got through in two days and am excited to give to a friend - the last 50 pages or so get very into names, legal cases etc - which are good things but didn't feel as interesting as the fist 200 pages ! That might just be me - def check out !
There is so much historical detail in this book, which helps to place the plight of the wolf in a proper light today. Certainly wolves and other natural predators are in need of advocates, access to their prey, and adequate habitat.
Maddie Davis
Oct 15, 2012 Maddie Davis rated it really liked it
Very informative, but very dry. I am a wolf lover and enjoyed this book, but I think that at times it could of been spiced up a bit.
Though I was expecting a book on wolf ecology, behavior, etc., I read an good book on human-wolf relations. Sadly, it details human inhumanity and hysteria.
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“...they marveled at the animal's elusiveness, loyalty, and affection, its willingness to defend its territory; its stamina and ability to travel long distances and resist hunger for many days; its acute use of odor, sight, and sound in locating prey and avoiding danger; its patience, following a sick or wounded prey for great distances; and its contentment to be away from its home for long periods of time. Working cooperatively with fellow pack mates, the wolf demonstrated time and again it power over prey by encircling it, ambushing it, or running it to exhaustion --the same methods that Native Americans themselves used. In all these manifestations, they found the wolf supremely worthy of emulation.” 4 likes
“One day during his time in the Southwest, Leopold and several companions chanced upon a female wolf ans shot her. "We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes --something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” 2 likes
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