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Wolf Wars Paperback – May 1, 1995
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To make a short story even shorter, WOLF WARS briefly summarizes the successful effort to eradicate the wolf from the western US at the turn of the last century, then reviews the recent, also successful, federal effort to re-establish wolves in that same region. The best chapters are the first, which describes the live capture of wolves in Alberta, Canada, and the last, which describes their subsequent release into YNP in 1995. In between, Fischer recounts ad nauseam the 20-year battle fought in the US Congress and the courts to design, popularize, legitimize and implement the plan to bring the animals back in the face of rabid opposition from the region's cattle and sheep ranchers. This relatively lengthy section focusing chiefly on government infighting was truly eye-glazing stuff, and best left to bureaucrats-in-training.
Yes, reading this book did teach me something - always a good thing in itself. But, a simple 10-page pamphlet would have sufficed.
Fischer's book describes the events leading up to the restoration in great detail. Some may find this tedious, but in the years since wolves were restored much mythology has been generated about the event.
Wolf supporters and opponents have often forgotten or ignored who the principle characters were and why the reintroduction took place the way it did.
Those interested in the facts need to read this book and keep it as reference.