Yellowstone Wolves: A Chronicle of the Animal, the People, and the Politics

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McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, 2008 - History - 350 pages
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This book provides a unique perspective on what is one of the most visible and contentious wildlife management experiments taking place in the American West today. It is a review of the discovery, persecution, and possible survival of the native wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States; it is a detailed chronicle of the debate over the legality and propriety of introducing wolves from Canada into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho during the mid-1990s; and it is an account of the spread of the released Canadian wolves from Yellowstone and central Idaho into surrounding areas and the tensions created by these movements. Most of all, "Yellowstone Wolves" is a passionate and fact-filled illustration of the raging interplay that can develop among the many diverse interests that vest in experiments of this type. Insights gained from the book will be of value for dealing with innumerable other issues, environmental and beyond, where multiple perspectives converge, conflict, and demand and deserve sober, intelligent, and candid resolution. The Foreword by Ronald M. Nowak provides authoritative context for understanding the broader significance of endangered species management and the record, and trends, of the United States in managing the nation s biological diversity and adhering to the mandates of the Endangered Species Act.

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About the author (2008)

Cat Urbigkit was born in southern Indiana and, while a young girl, moved with her family to Pinedale, Wyoming. A few years after graduating from high school, she married Jim Urbigkit. She eventually went into journalism, becoming a feature writer for a local newspaper and, more recently, a founding co-owner of a community newspaper, the Sublette Examiner. The Urbigkits presently own and operate a sheep ranch near Pinedale, but Cat remains active in journalism as a photographer, a writer for numerous regional newspapers, and an author and illustrator of children s books. Cat and Jim became interested in the idea of wolf reintroduction to the Yellowstone area during the mid-1980s. As the debate evolved, the Urbigkits emerged as leading advocates against the introduction of Canadian wolves into a region that appeared to already harbor populations of the native Northern Rocky Mountain wolf. Despite their passionate and exhaustive efforts to protect the native wolf, they finally lost their legal battle to do so in 2000 and, subsequently, entered the ranching business. Soon thereafter, in 2003, some of the rapidly growing populations of Canadian wolves expanded their range far enough away from Yellowstone to find the Urbigkits and their sheep near Pinedale.

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