A moving and educational true story of the life of 0-Six, an alpha female wolf in Yellowstone. Part of the reintroduction of wolves into the park, the story follows her life, as well as those of packmates and other packs. The book brings you into the lives of wolves from pups to death. The beauty and the savagery of wild and formidable animals is painted vividly in the author's words. The humanity and savagery of men, also as formidable animals, is also depicted. It is easy to get lost in the fast moving stories as each vignette unfolds, from denning, to hunting to caring for the less fortunate to fighting for territory, and to dying. One can't help compare at times, wolves to men. I appreciated the education on the effort to reintroduce the wolves to their ancestral range, especially as wolves in MN and WI are being removed from the endangered list. And, I hope, that in the Yellowstone, looking over the valleys, the spirit of 0-Six lives on forever.
Blakeslee writes an engaging story of the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone, telling it from both advocates’ and antagonists’ perspectives. Readers follow three generations of alpha pairs, their progeny and their ‘watchers.’
I didn’t expect this to be page-turning exciting. It was. It’s this month’s [October 2018] New York Times/PBS NewsHour ‘Now Read This’ selection.
Fantastic. A well written, supremely researched look at wolf reintroduction into the lonesome crowded west. Highly recommended.
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