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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Riverbend Publishing; 6 edition (Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931832269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931832267
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 26.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: JamesC.Halfpenny <>Publisher: RiverbendPublishing

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Overy on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Wonderful photographs -all of wild wolves taken against the background of the stunningly beautiful Yellowstone Park, I found it interesting from cover to cover and the chapter on interactions within the pack is fascination and answers many questions on my own dogs behavior
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shandy on 27 Oct. 2012
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A great book for anyone who has been lucky enough to see the wolves of Yellowstone or anyone who dreams of going to see them. The book contains great photos,information about various wolf packs as well as their family trees since their re-introduction in the park in 1995/1996.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suzie mulvaney on 16 Jan. 2013
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I Loved this book. The photographs are truly wonderful. I wish I had been able to buy Yellowstone Wolves in the wild in a larger format.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Re-introduction Triumph. 1 Feb. 2004
By Christopher Girvan - Published on Amazon.com
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When the introduction of Wolves into Yellowstone National Park first occured in 1995/96 many books appeared celebrating and philosophizing the environmental and social effects of that success. Now, eight years later comes this wonderful book that not only looks at the success of the Yellowstone experiment, but also at those pioneering Wolves, the actual animals who braved that unknown scientific test to see if, after 80 years, the Wolf could again be a part of the Yellowstone ecosystem.
Author James C Halfpenny has beautifully, with just the right amount of anthropomorphism, detailed the lives and experiences of the introduced wolves known to us only by numbers. But like all animal/human interactions even a number can create an emotional attachment, as was the case with the fate of Rose Creek number 10M, the 'Big Guy', whose ultimate sacrifice became the strenghth and symbol of the desire for the Yellowstone experiment to be a success despite the echoes of human hatred still being felt throughout the wilderness.
Ultimately, with all popular wolf books, it is the photographs that are the real joy to most readers, and again this publication delivers. Beautiful and fascinating pictures are presented throughout, and with the well advertised phrase 'no captive wolves" ,a unique claim also, it should be noted, found in David L Mech's Arctic Wolf: Living with the pack (1988) and Jim Brandenberg's White Wolf (1988)and Brother Wolf: a Forgotten Promise (1993) , the photographs take on a special importance of being truely wild and free animals in an environment that had been stolen from them for so many decades. Also included in this text are several Appendices, outlining the original packs and pack members, detailing their histories and social status and also the 2002 wolf packs, their members, offspring and pack locations around the park.
For those wolf enthusiasts who enjoyed the Yellowstone wolf experience in the books, Yellowstone Wolves (Ferguson) Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone (McNamee) Yellowstone Wolf Guide & Sourcebook (Scullery) and Wolves of Yellowstone (Philips & Smith),this is an essential addition to that collection of documents about the most successful animal re-introduction program ever undertaken. As Henry David Thoreau once wrote -" In wildness Is the preservation of the World "-
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A stunning photo book and a first-class reference 13 Oct. 2003
By H. Todd Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have high expectations of any work of Jim Halfpenny's, but Yellowstone Wolves is absolutely stunning. In logical progression this book describes the latest field biology and the story of one of the few successful wildlife restoration projects. In describing the "how" of returning a key predator to Yellowstone, it answers the more important but harder question of "why."
Unlike similar, decorative nature books with captions and text created to suit stunning photos of posed, penned, or tame animals, this book uses only photos of Yellowstone's free ranging, wild wolves. This is not just a noble abstract ideal, like using recycled products; it is at the root of the editorial concept for the book. Jim has selected each photo to illustrate a specific point in Yellowstone wolf ecology. There are close portraits of individual animals, but they do not dominate. I think the best photos are more distant ones where the body language of the pack illustrates a point of mainstream wolf behavior, like traveling single file in heavy snow, a strong but not necessarily alpha wolf breaking trail for the rest, or an alpha male following the alpha female up a hill. For contrast, there are photos of unusual or individual behavior, like wolf 224M in a "mousing" leap that he is particularly apt to display after a pack kill of conventional prey. It could be play or it could involve things we don't understand yet, as Jim freely admits.
The book concludes with numerous technical appendices, including "snapshot charts" that show, in remarkably compressed shorthand, the gender, age, social standing, and pack of origin for each yearling through alpha member of each pack.
Yellowstone Wolves is the rarest of formats: scientifically gray literature that is also entertaining reading, artistically chosen photographs placed exactly within the text, clear identification of sources for key facts, and clear separation of fact, speculation, personal opinion, and dissenting ideas. It will join the small group of popular books that can be, and are, cited in scientific literature. All in all, it is a first class reference on technical merit disguised as a coffee table decoration.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully done, excellently written 14 Oct. 2003
By "swatson999" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. James Halfpenny has done a marvelous job of telling the story of the Yellowstone wolves, using photos of the actual animals (no photos of captive wolves, a first for a book of this kind!). He marvelously interweaves biology and research topics with first-hand accounts and stories from the park staff, visitors and volunteers to give a rich account of what the Yellowstone Wolf Project has taught us about this magnificent animal.
The book contains a wealth of information on the wolves, including their reintroduction, the history of the packs, their behavior, and their impact on the entire ecosystem. Plenty of reference material at the end including ID charts and maps round out the factual data. Filled with personal accounts, gorgeous photos and fascinating stories, this book is a must for anyone interested in the most successful endangered species restoration project of the century.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild by James C. Halfpenny 16 Oct. 2003
By June M. Stipp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We received our Yellowstone Wolves Book on Monday.
And We, wanted to say Thank You, So much !
This is the BEST book yet.
It will help to keep us close to the Wolves, even down here in Kansas.
Excellent work, and Praise to the Photographer's too !
Can't wait for more like this one.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful pictures and stories about wolves in Yellowstone 20 Sept. 2003
By Catherine R Millis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great for a variety of reasons. If you are an armchair traveller, this book explores the magic of wolves in Yellowstone through stories and pictures. If you are going to travel to Yellowstone, this would be a wonderful book to take with you to help you with your questions about discovering and seeing the Yellowstone wolves. If you are presently an avid wolf watcher in Yellowstone, you would want this book as part of your collection. This book details the history being made during our lifetime.
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