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Wolfer: A Memoir Paperback – April 19, 2012
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And where people interact with wolves, and vice versa, is where the rubber hits the road. In this case, the road is wet, the tires bald, and the driving is done by committee, none of which speak the same language. It's not pretty.
In Wolfer: A Memoir, author, wildlife biologist, fur trapper, "G-man," and wolf specialist Carter Niemeyer describes his life, moving from a young "gopher-choker" to the glue that held the western wolf recovery program together.
Niemeyer's evolution as a wolf advocate was slow. The university training for a wildlife manager in the 60s and 70s was very traditional. There was game and non-game. Things that hurt game populations... bad. Things that help game populations... good. Wildlife was a "crop" to be grown and harvested, and the tools were the trap and the gun. Niemeyer was lucky enough to be mentored by some truly outstanding field biologists. And he graduated at a time when, if you weren't a veteran, it was difficult to get a federal wildlife job. Like many budding wildlife biologists, he supported himself with temporary assignments, waiting for his ship to come in. "I'm a skunk trapper from Montana," he once described himself, working on a rabies project. Little did he know what was in store.Read more ›
Perhaps the best part of this book, for me, was Niemeyer's detailed description of everything he did before working with wolf reintroduction. His odd jobs for Fish & Wildlife and other similar agencies produced the kind of stories most people could never tell. I learned a lot about wildlife management in the US and about jobs I had no idea existed. This memoir inspired me to broaden my career considerations. In the very least, I hope it inspires other readers to think a little more about the amazing creatures sharing our world.
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I really enjoyed reading Carter Niemeyer's book. I am from Garner also and Carter's brother was a classmate of mine,so reading this book was really interesting to mePublished 4 months ago by jan
This book offers both sides of a contentious story. Very readable and humorous at times, although very tragic and frustrating at others. Great read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ethan S. Hobgood
This book is a really good look into the world of wolves and their extremely controversial and challenging reintroduction into the Yellowstone ecosystem. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Melody
Very informative concerning the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone.Published 14 months ago by Kathy Vile
Amazing memoir and for those who have loved wolves from afar, a very exciting and sobering look at the facts on the ground, both biology and politics.Published 17 months ago by R. Dils
Great book by a man that ended being a large part of the wolf reintroduction into Yellowstone and Idaho in the mid 90's. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher P Ryan
The book is a great read on several levels. Carter had an adventurous childhood, some of which I could relate to, some not and therefore really interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Graham N.
I enjoyed reading Wolfer so much I hope to meet and visit with Carter someday. I enjoyed his no nonsense approach to his business.Published 20 months ago by KT