Rise of wolf 8 Witnessing the triumph of Yellowstone's underdog

Rick McIntyre

Book - 2019

*Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves--but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at first--he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied--but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf... 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé? Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

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Published
Vancouver, British Columbia : Greystone Books 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (color), map (color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781771645218
1771645210
Main Author
Rick McIntyre (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Long reviled and eradicated from farms and U.S. parks, wolves are now recognized as an essential part of our ecosystem. Leading a peripatetic life, McIntyre works at various parks and lectures around the world, finding appreciative audiences hungry to learn about wolves. This book follows wolf reintroduction efforts in Yellowstone Park and focuses on one special pup, 8. A runt, and the only gray wolf in a litter of black pups, he is routinely bullied by his siblings. This adversity serves him well, as 8 grows into a courageous male, defending his brothers against a bear. The book follows 8's maturation in addition to other wolf packs that have been brought into the park; chapters focus on the interactions within and between the various wolf families. Readers will notice that some dog behaviors descend from wolves, like face licking and food gulping. The practice of numbering wolves sometimes makes it hard to follow who's who in the lineage, so readers may wish to sketch a wolf genealogy as they go along. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McIntyre (War Against the Wolf), a longtime naturalist who specializes in wolves, begins a new trilogy centered on Yellowstone's packs, using his observational and storytelling skills to make the animals relatable but not overly anthropomorphized. He follows the 1995 reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone through the stories of two individuals: Wolf 8 (out of the 14 animals originally released into the park), the runt of one pack who moves into the role of alpha of another, and Wolf 21, one of the pups of 8's new mate, whose previous partner was killed by a poacher. Touching on the nature/nurture debate, McIntyre looks at 8's seemingly paternal relationship with 21, who reveals many personality traits in common with his brave, gregarious, and loyal "stepfather." This narrative finally builds to a dramatic peak, with a clash between the aged 8 and full-grown 21, now head of another pack, seemingly inevitable. Throughout, McIntyre schools the reader in wolf behaviors, such as the "play bow" used to initiate friendly interactions, and draws endearing comparisons between his own childhood and wolf family life. However, his greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching and suffused throughout this thoughtful book. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, in this first book in a bold new trilogy, presents the extraordinary account of Wolf 8, who was brought to Yellowstone National Park from Canada in 1995, and how he adjusted to his fellow wolves and new surroundings. Illustrations. Maps.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“The powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone’s greatest and most famous wolves.”—Washington Post“[The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings.”—Marc Bekoff, Psychology TodayYellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves—but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995.This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves.Wolf 8 struggles at first—he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied—but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé?Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone series, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'the powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone's greatest and most famous wolves.''Washington PostBook One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone Series. Book Two, The Reign of Wolf 21, is available now.Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves'but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995.This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves.Wolf 8 struggles at first'he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied'but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé?'[The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings.''marc Bekoff, Psychology Today