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The Wolves of Yellowstone, Michael K. Phillips and Douglas W. Smith, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, Minnesota,1996.

Written by Wolf Restoration Project leaders, this book tells the inside story of the restoration of wolves to Yellowstone. It contains the biologists' personal accounts, as well as previously unpublished photographs, field notes and historical documents. 128 pages, hardcover.

Shadow Mountain-A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild 

Renee Askins. Founder of the Wolf Fund, Renee Askins made it her goal to restore wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been eradicated by man over 70 years before. In her memoir, Askins recounts her courageous 15-year campaign in a powerful, first-person narrative. Shadow Mountain is the awe-inspiring story of one woman’s mission and her impassioned meditation on our connection to the wild. 2003. 321 pages. Softcover.
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Yellowstone Wolves, In the Wild

James C. Halfpenny. Explore the biology and natural history of Yellowstone's legendary wolves and learn how these predators are changing the park's very nature. Using the eyewitness reports of Yellowstone's "wolf watchers," current studies from wildlife biologists, and spectacular wildlife photography, renowned naturalist Dr. Jim Halfpenny creates an extraordinary portrait of Yellowstone's wolves. This book includes stunning all-wild photography, new information about wolves and wolf behavior, and tips for viewing wolves in the park. 2003. Soft Cover. 98 pages.
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Wolf Wars: The Remarkable Inside Story of the Restoration of Wolves to Yellowstone, Hank Fischer, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1995.  This intriguing story unfolds how the Yellowstone wolf was hated into extinction, the struggle with Congress and welcomes the master predator's return. 183 pages.

The Yellowstone Wolves the First Year, Ferguson, G. Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996.  Travel through the first year with 14 wolves and a team of dedicated naturalists in this beautifully told story of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. 178 pages.

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The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone, Thomas McNamee, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1997.  A thoroughly researched account of the animals, people and politics behind this conservation success story. Written by a local author with a clear understanding of Yellowstone's natural and cultural history. 354 pages.

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The Yellowstone Wolf: A Guide and Sourcebook. Schullery, P. High Plains Publishing World, Wyoming 1996.

In this comprehensive reference book, historian-naturalist Paul Schullery has gathered many voices that together bring the dramatic saga of the Yellowstone wolf to life, and provide an unparalleled, first-hand look at our changing relationship with this extraordinary predator. All author's royalties from the sale of this book go to the Yellowstone wolf project, to further wolf recovery. 354 pages.

Public attitude in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho toward wolf restoration in Yellowstone National Park. Bath, A. J. Trans. 56th N.A. Wildl. Nat. Res. Conf. 91-95, 1991.

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Wolf: Return to Yellowstone. Milstein, M. The Billings Gazette, PO Box 36300, Billings, MT 59107-6300. 1995.  This book takes you along the ruthless campaign decades ago to exterminate wolves from the American West and, finally the decision to bring them back. 96 pages.

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Ecological Issues on reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Cook, R. S. (ed.) Scientific Monograph NPS/NRYELL/NRSM-93/22. U.S. Dept. Interior, Nat. park. Serv. Order from Publications Coordinator, Nat. Park Serv. Nat. Res. Pub. Office, PO Box 251287, Denver, CO 80225-0287. 1993.
Discovering Yellowstone Wolves: Watcher’s Guide. Halfpenny, J.C. and D. Thompson. A Naturalist’s World. PO Box 989, Gardiner, MT 59030. 1996.  For More Books and Resources from A Naturalist's World, see
Wolves for Yellowstone?  A report to the United States Congress, Volume IV, Research and Analysis.  Varley, J. D. and W. G. Brewster, eds. National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 784 pages.  1992.

The Wolves of Yellowstone. Weaver, J. U.S. Dept. Interior, Nat. Park Serv. Nat. Res. Report no. 14. 38 pp. 1978.


Sorry, the publication, Yellowstone Wolf Tracker is no longer printed regularly

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The first three issues of the Yellowstone Wolf Tracker magazine, Includes articles: 

(SOLD OUT) The Yellowstone Wolf Tracker Issue 1
bulletThe Matriarch of the Valley, the story of Wolf 9
bulletThe Return of Wolf 39

The Yellowstone Wolf Tracker Issue 2
bulletWolf 34 searches for a Mate
bulletThe fate of Big Sandy

The Yellowstone Wolf Tracker Issue 3
bulletTragic loss of the Druid Peak Pack members 31, 38 and 39

Contact the YWT for info on these 3 publications


Wolves Around the World

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

University of Chicago Press. Edited by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani. The co-founders of the wolf specialists group of the Worldwide Conservation Union have assembled the work of 22 world-class wolf experts in this book and formed the quintessential guide to wolves. Look on this book as a tribute to an enthralling species and a monumental work documenting 350 years of combined experience and research. Mech and Boitani have charted the course that set the wolf on the road to recovery, captured the dedication of a generation that has offered the wolf a future, and clearly identified the challenges that lie ahead. 2003. 448 pages. Hardcover.

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The Way of the Wolf. Mech, L.D. Voyageur Press, P.O. Box 338, 123 North Second Street, Stillwater, MN 55082. ISBN 0-89658-163-2. 1991.

L. David Mech. Wolf behavior, biology, research and reintroduction illuminated with 80 full-color photographs. 120 pages.

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Out Among the Wolves, Contemporary Writings on the Wolf, John A. Murray, ed., Alaska Northwest Books, Seattle, Washington
The Wolves of Minong: their Vital Role in a Wild Community. Allen, D. L. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1979.
The Ninemile Wolves, Rick Bass, Clark City Press, Livingston, Montana, 1992
War Against the Wolf: America’s Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf, Rick McIntyre, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, Minnesota, 1995
Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1963
The Singing Wilderness, Sigurd F. Olson, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1956
Of Wolves and Men, Barry Lopez, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1978.

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A Society of Wolves: National Parks and the Battle Over the Wolf, Revised Edition, Rick McIntyre, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, Minnesota, 1996.

This publication offers up-to-date information on wolves and insights on political issues surrounding this much-talked-about animal as well as the history of human attitudes toward the wolf. 127 pages.

The Wolves of Mount McKinley, Adolph Murie, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1944, Fauna of the National Parks Series, no. 5, Paperback edition 1985. Univ. Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-96203-8.
White Wolf: Living with an Arctic Legend, Brandenburg, J. Northword Press, Inc. 7520 Highway 51, Minocqua, WI 54548. ISBN 0-942802-95-0. 1988.
Wolves of the High Arctic. Mech, L.D. Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN 55802. ISBN 0-89658-213-2. 1992.
Arctic Wolf: Living with the Pack. Mech, L.D. Voyageur Press, PO Box 338, 123 North Second Street, Stillwater, MN 55082 ISBN 0-89658-099-7. 1988.
Tales of the Wolf: 51 stories of wolf encounters in the wild.  Casey, D., and T. W. Clark, eds.  Homestead Publishing, Moose Wyoming, 1996.  295 pages.
The Wolf Almanac.  Busch, R. H.  Lyons and Burford, New York.  1995. 226 pages.
Wolves in Canada and Alaska: their status, biology, and management. Carlbyn, Ludwig, N. Proceedings of the wolf Symposium held in Edmonton, Alberta, 12-14 May, 1981. Canadian Wildlife Service, Report Series no. 45. Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 and Boreal Institute, CW 401 Biological Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9. 1983.
The Order of Wolves. Fiennes, R. Hamish Hamilton, 90 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PT. SBN 241 89334-8. 1976.
In Praise of Wolves. Lawrence, R. D. Henry Holt and Co., NY. 1986.
Trail of the Wolf. Lawrence, R. D. Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, ISBN 0-87596-594-6. 1993.
Following the Pack: the world of wolf research.  Link, M. and K. Crowley, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, Minnesota, 200 pages.  1994.
Wolf - A Year's Journey, Kosh This book covers the wolf in its journey through the four seasons and beyond by answering questions on where wolves are found and why wolves howl. 48 pages.

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The Wolf: the Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species. Mech, L.D. 1970. Natural History Press, Garden City, NY. Library of Congress 73-100043.
The Wolves of Isle Royale. Mech, L.D. 1966. Fauna of the National Parks of the United States, Fauna Series 7. Superintendent of Documents. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402.
The Wolves of Denali.  Mech, L. D., L. G. Adams, T. J. Meier, J. W. Burch, and B. W. Dale, University of Minnesota Press, St. Paul, 213 pages.  1998.
The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance. R. O. Peterson. Willow Creek Press, Monocqua, Wisconson, 190 pages. 1995.

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