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War Against the Wolf: America's Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf Hardcover – August, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896582647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896582644
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Among the first acts of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Bay Colony was to set a bounty on wolves: first a penny for a pelt, then four bushels of corn for a mere scrap of fur. Succeeding generations of Americans followed the Pilgrims' lead, until by the middle of the 20th century the wolf was driven to the verge of extinction nearly everywhere outside Alaska. Rick McIntyre, a seasonal park ranger at Denali, Yellowstone, and other wolf-populated areas, has spent years documenting the behavior of living wolves. Here he turns to the sad task of documenting America's destruction of the wolf, a legacy that we may finally be able to undo with the reintroduction of Canis lupus to the wild.

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The war began on a small scale within a few years of colonial settlement and eventually escalated to all the 48 contiguous states. Between 1870 and 1930, extermination of predators, especially wolves, became national policy carried out by a federal agency, the U.S. Biological Survey (now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). McIntyre (A Society of Wolves) has collected material from government reports, journals, newspaper and magazine articles and traditional Native American stories to illustrate our attitude toward wolves over three centuries. This anthology includes pieces by James Audubon, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Thompson Seton and Aldo Leopold-tales of outlaw wolves, hunters and trappers. These tales and agency reports are gruesome reading. In the last 50 years, attitudes have changed; with the passage of the Endangered Species Act (1973), wolves began to make their way back. The final section reports on their reintroduction in national parks. This is a fine companion to McIntyre's earlier books. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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For over 37 years Rick has dedicated his life to conservation education. After working and living in national parks as a park ranger, research scientist and administrator, Rick developed a vision for an educational effort that would allow him to use his talents to promote the conservation of endangered species and related habitats in third world countries. His dream has been in the making for over a decade and has been inspired by his travels to national parks and related protected areas in the United States, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Kenya, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Rwanda and Singapore.

The highlight of Rick's journey around the world was a 1989 trip to see the endangered mountain gorillas of Virunga Mountains National Park in Rwanda. It was on a rainy day in February, when Rick came face to face with one of the rarest creatures on earth, that his dream became a lifelong commitment.

In demonstrating his commitment to international conservation, in 1994 Rick sponsored an environmental education project in Zambia at North Luangwa National Park. Working closely with the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Owens Foundation, Rick designed and published a 40 page environmental education guide for school children living near the park. In the years that followed his leadership skills have resulted in a number of noteworthy projects including ongoing efforts to help create a binational US/Mexico International Peace Park, directing an award winning multi-media education program at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks and the establishment of a annual International Bat Festival at Carlsbad Caverns.

As an environmental advocate Rick is the co-founder of the Mexican Wolf Coalition of Texas and the founder of the first Student Environmental Council and Earth Week at William Jewell College. He has been a spokesperson for the establishment of the Tallgrass Prairie National Park in Kansas and most recently worked with a coalition of environmental organizations in promoting the establishment of a Capitan Reef National Monument in Southern New Mexico. The monument has yet to be created, but the dream is still alive.

As a research scientist his work helped to influence legislation that resulted in the creation of Texas's largest state park at the Big Bend Ranch in the Solitario and Bofecillos Mountains. While working on his Master's degree he conducted the first vertebrate survey for the newly established Lake Amistad National Recreation Area.

Rick's writings have been published in park brochures and newspapers, trade journals and in nationally distributed magazines like Defenders of Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife. During his tenure at Big Bend National Park his writings and other advocacy efforts helped to call attention to the status of rare mammals in the park including the endangered Mexican black bear population that began to re-colonize the park in 1988. As a result of his unrelenting efforts Rick's accomplishments have been recognized and honored by high-level government officials in the Department of the Interior and by Rotary International.

In helping parks prepare for the 21st Century Rick played a major role as a cooperating association executive director in helping to lead nation wide efforts to bring modern technology to the parks. His leadership at Carlsbad resulted in the design and development of the Cavern Bookstore, acclaimed by many park advocates as one of the best national park bookstores in the country. Also while at Carlsbad, Rick established one of the first point of purchase retail programs in the Southwest Region including an online interactive bookstore website. His leadership in the field of technology resulted in the first interactive CD-Rom Audio Tour for a national park at Carlsbad Caverns and the production of an award winning CD-ROM (1998). In 2001 this same Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains CD-ROM was repackaged and released by National Geographic.

After spending 25 years working and living in US National Parks in 2000 Rick launched his website iloveparks.com where he focuses on helping people connect with parks around the world. In 2002 Rick became the Education Curator of the El Paso Zoo where he works on a wide variety of conservation projects both locally and regionally.

With his latest book, "Guide to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas", Rick provides a comprehensive look at one of Africa's most important wildlife conservation areas with detailed information on how to plan for a trek to see the mountain gorillas, made world famous by the late Dian Fossey and National Geographic.

The 248 page travel guide with color pictures throughout includes an overview of the region's human and natural history, the story of Dian Fossey, information on how to observe mountain gorillas in the wild and other ecotourism points of interest in Rwanda.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. DeTardo on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An extremely comprehensive history of American sentiment about the wolf. This book does an excellent job of covering the various aspects of changing legislation on the wolf at both the federal and state levels. It also thoroughly cites chants, essays, poems and treatises that map the varying American views about the wolf. Do not look for detailed biological information in this book, however, this is a study on human attitudes as they have affected the wolf. A good read for anyone interested in conservation, or the plight of the wolf in specific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Adams on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
McIntyre chronicles the history of persecution of our nation's magnificent predator, the wolf. HOW could people have these views of such incredibly intelligent and social animals which STILL persist today?

Education is so necessary and SO MISSING in our schools about how the federal government has aided and abetted the livestock industry in the extermination of our nation's precious assets, it's native predators.

A Must Read!
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