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The Last Wolf

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In The Last Wolf, Jim Crumley explores the place of the wolf in Scotland—past, present and future—and challenges many of the myths that have been regarded for centuries as biological fact. Bringing to bear a lifetime's immersion in his native landscape and more than twenty years as a professional nature writer, Crumley questions much of the written evidence on the plight o ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Birlinn Ltd
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Juliet Wilson
Sep 10, 2014 Juliet Wilson rated it really liked it
Wolves became extinct in Scotland around 1743. This book explores the legends about how they may have finally disappeared from our landscape and proposes that for the Highlands to return to their natural state wolves need to be re-introduced.

The tone is often polemical and sometimes sentimental. The real power though comes from the author's observations about how wolves changed the landscape and ecosystems for the better when they were re-introduced into Yellowstone.

For example, the elk herds (t
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Elizabeth Sibanda
Oct 05, 2014 Elizabeth Sibanda rated it it was amazing
This book tells the tale of the last remaining wolf following the death of his species at the hands of mankind who hunted them down. The book is set during the reign of the King who decides to capture the wolf to protect it from the dangers of the outside world by keeping him in captivity. We soon find out that the wolf is unsettled in captivity and often paces up and down the cage exhibiting signs of distress due to loneliness. This is despite having an abundance of food and luxuries that were ...more
Nikki
As of this month, July 2014, there have been more than 2,800 wolves killed in the United States in only six of the states. Wyoming, Montana and Idaho held only about 1,600 wolves prior to delisting. Even with their reintroduction after wolves being wiped out in the U.S., wolves have never regained anything close to their natural range or original numbers.

But this book was not about U.S. wolves, it was about the lack of wolves in Scotland. Although the author does talk of wolves in the U.S. and S
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Cindy Dyson Eitelman
Sep 27, 2015 Cindy Dyson Eitelman rated it it was amazing
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I haven't given a book 5 stars for a while--but this is it. Nature, history, travel and imagination pass on and off-stage so smoothly you hardly get a breath before one scene ends and the next jumps in. It's near impossible to put down.

The writer lives in Scotland, a land where the last living wolf was killed in 1743...according to legend. There's a lot of legend and not much fact. He starts off with a quick reminder of just how accurate legend tends to be--especially legend associated with such
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Paul Kieniewicz
Apr 13, 2012 Paul Kieniewicz rated it really liked it
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Since my first meeting with wolves in Texas, looking into their eyes and knowing that I'm in the presence of extraordinary beings, I've been under their spell. My novel, "Gaia's Children" was written partly in response to that first meeting. Jim Crumley, also a wolf-lover and a Scottish nature writer, takes on the many wolf legends pertaining to Scotland. Untruths mostly, about the killing of the last Wolf near Findhorn. He makes a strong case for why the wolf must return to Scotland, not as a c ...more
Scott
Dec 05, 2013 Scott rated it liked it
This was almost three books in one. All chopped up and thrown throughout.

There is a short emotive story of the last wolf as she searches for any remaining wolves. This is very well written and I enjoyed this. It was clear that Crumley knows the wolf intimately.

There is also the pro wolf talk where he states the importance of reintroduction. This is extremely interesting and reinforces my own views on the matter.

The final topic is on how wolves are misrepresented throughout history - after the f
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Jim Crumley is a nature writer with almost 20 books to his name, mostly on the landscape and wildlife of Scotland. He is renowned for his style - passionate, inspiring, visionary, sensitive, majestic - no work of his should be missed. He is also a columnist and presenter of radio programmes.

He has also received the accolade of '... the best nature writer now working in Great Britain...' from Davi
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