Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-26-9
Author: Dr. James C. Halfpenny
Pages: 104

Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild

by Dr. James C. Halfpenny

A dazzling photographic and scientific portrait of how wolves are changing the very nature of Yellowstone. Highly acclaimed for its accuracy and photography of wild wolves.

“The book is breathtaking! For anyone who has traveled to Yellowstone in recent years and seen the wolves, this book is must reading.”
—National Wildlife Federation

“Outstanding and very accurate. (Halfpenny) puts all the scientific research into common language. He fills in with personal observations. The stories really personalize what happened.”
—Ed Bangs, Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

$19.95

About the Author

Dr. James Halfpenny is the author of Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild and Yellowstone Bears in the Wild. He has also written Discovering Yellowstone Wolves: Watcher’s Guide; A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America; Winter: An Ecological Handbook; and several other books about wildlife, ecology, and tracking. A scientist and educator, he owns A Naturalist’s World, a company dedicated to providing educational programs, books, slide shows, and videos about ecologically important subjects. He lives in Gardiner, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park’s northern entrance.



About the Photographer

Trained as a biologist, Michael Francis is an internationally renowned wildlife photographer. He has 34 single-photographer books to his credit, including Yellowstone Memories: 30 years of Photographs & Stories and Watching Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife. His work has been published by the National Geographic Society, the Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, along with numerous magazines and periodicals. He lives in Billings, Montana.



Press Release

New book reveals how wild wolves are changing Yellowstone’s ecology

Yellowstone’s wolves provide thrills and new discoveries

New discoveries about wolves, plus exciting eyewitness observations and incredible photographs, are brought together in an extraordinary book about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Written by noted naturalist Dr. James C. Halfpenny of Gardiner, Montana, “Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild” (Riverbend) vividly portrays the park’s “new” wolves and the ways they are changing the park’s very nature.

Yellowstone’s wolves have become the most easily seen wild wolves in the world, a phenomenon no one predicted when wolves were reintroduced into the park in 1995 and 1996. This visibility has thrilled thousands of park visitors and enabled scientists to make astonishing discoveries about wolf behavior.

“Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild” presents new information about wolf social behavior, pack structures, territories, and hunting behavior. Some of the most fascinating stories involve interactions with other wildlife. There is a wonderful examination of the symbiotic relationship with ravens and a cutting-edge discussion of “trophic cascade,” an ecological theory that predicts how the presence of wolves will affect the entire ecosystem. There are even tips about where and how to see wolves in the park.

Wolf lovers will be pleased to know the book does not use any photographs of captive or game-farm animals. All photos are of wild, free, Yellowstone wolves—another testament to the wolves’ high visibility. There are beautiful portraits of wolves howling and running through the snow; rarely seen behavior such as wolves hunting elk and bison, chasing coyotes, and tending pups at a den; and several dramatic photos of events never before captured on film. One photo shows a wolf pack standing in a circle around the body of a wolf they had just killed in a territorial battle. Another shows a wolf trying to kill a grizzly bear cub while the mother bear literally stands guard over it.

Dr. Halfpenny, a scientist and author who teaches wolf classes for the park’s interpretive association, based the book on interviews with dozens of scientists, park officials, and “wolf watchers,” the hundreds of dedicated wolf lovers who spend days, weeks, and even months in the park simply looking for wolves.

Yellowstone Wolf Project Leader Douglas C. Smith wrote the book’s foreword and points out how unusual it is to see wolves “virtually every day.”

“In June 2002, the 100,000 Yellowstone visitor laid her eyes on a wolf—a phenomenal statistic,” Smith writes. “I worked on wolves for 13 years in Isle Royale National Park, hiking 500 miles each summer, and if I saw one wolf it was an accomplishment.”

A portion of the book’s proceeds goes to the Wolf Fund to support wolf research in the park. The 104-page, art-quality paperback costs $19.95 and is available at bookstores or by calling the publisher toll-free at 1-866-787-2363.



Reviews

Praise for Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild

“Photographically rich.”
—Washington Post

“Pretty outstanding and very accurate. (Halfpenny) puts all the scientific research into common language. He filled in with personal observations. The stories really personalize what happened.”
—Ed Bangs, Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Helena, Montana

“There have been seven books on Yellowstone’s wolves. This is the first on what wolves have accomplished, how wolves interact with other species.”
—Bob Crabtree, Chief Scientist, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center
Bozeman, Montana

“Jim tells the true tales.”
—Dr. Douglas Smith, Wolf Project Leader
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

“The book is breathtaking! For anyone who has traveled to Yellowstone in recent years and seen the wolves, this book is must reading.”
—National Wildlife Federation

“It's fabulous.”
—Defenders of Wildlife

“Captivating and thoroughly fascinating.”
—Big Sky Journal

“Extraordinarily compelling.”
—Bozeman Daily Chronicle

“A great collection of photographs and a compelling story.”
—Jackson Hole News

“Absolutely beautiful.”
—Wolf Magazin, Germany


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