American wolf : a true story of survival and obsession in the West

by Blakeslee, Nate, 1970-

Format: Print Book [2017]
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The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf , a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This story of the most famous wolf in the world is beautifully told by Blakeslee (Tulia, 2005), a writer for Texas Monthly. The 1995 return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park was a celebrated event, not only for the wildlife-loving tourists who were thrilled by the sighting of a wolf but also to wildlife biologists, who had a unique opportunity to study the wolves as they interacted with each other and with their prey. Blakeslee follows the story of female wolf O-Six, named for her birth year. A great-granddaughter of one of the famed pairs from Yellowstone's original releases, she was a favorite with wolf watchers and biologists alike. Her life embodied all that it means to be a wolf in Yellowstone: jockeying for space in an ecosystem where all territory is claimed, finding a mate and establishing a pack, ranging in and out of the park's boundaries, and coming up against the consequences of the politics of wolf reintroduction. The fight between federal and state control of Yellowstone's wolves is embodied in O-Six's story, told with great immediacy and empathy in a tale that reads like fiction. This one will grab readers and impel them into the heart of the conflict.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bramhall gives an excellent reading of this fascinating look at the lives and deaths of the pack of wolves at Yellowstone National park, specifically the wolf known as O-Six. Blakeslee's book begins with a prologue set in 2012, as a hunter prepares to shoot O-Six. Bramhall eloquently brings to life the moments prior to the hunter taking the shot that ended the wolf's life. Bramhall's calm, relaxed delivery recounts the rest of the story, not just of the life of remarkable O-Six, who was a fierce hunter, protective parent, and dynamic leader, but also the history and controversies surrounding the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone. It is a story as informative as it is emotionally moving, and Bramhall presents it with a skillful, even-handed delivery. Blakeslee reads the book's epilogue that recounts his disturbing but intriguing meeting with the unrepentant hunter who shot O-Six. A Crown hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Wolves -- Yellowstone National Park.
Endangered species -- Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife management -- Yellowstone National Park.
Mammal populations -- Yellowstone National Park.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Yellowstone National Park.
Publisher New York :[2017]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 300 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index.
ISBN 9781101902783
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