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A killer. A manhunt. The triumph of justice and of the wolf.The greatest event in Yellowstone history. Greater Yellowstone was the last great truly intact ecosystem in the temperate zones of the earth—until, in the 1920s, U.S. government agents exterminated its top predator, the gray wolf. With traps and rifles, even torching pups in their dens, the killing campaign was eA killer. A manhunt. The triumph of justice and of the wolf.The greatest event in Yellowstone history.Greater Yellowstone was the last great truly intact ecosystem in the temperate zones of the earth—until, in the 1920s, U.S. government agents exterminated its top predator, the gray wolf. With traps and rifles, even torching pups in their dens, the killing campaign was entirely successful. The howl of the “evil” wolf was heard no more. The “good” animals—elk, deer, bison—proliferated, until they too had to be “managed.”Two decades later, recognizing that ecosystems lacking their keystone predators tend to unravel, the visionary naturalist Aldo Leopold called for the return of the wolf to Yellowstone. It would take another fifty years for his vision to come true.In the early 1990s, as the movement for Yellowstone wolf restoration gained momentum, rage against it grew apace. When at last, in February 1995, fifteen wolves were trapped in Alberta and brought to acclimation pens in Yellowstone, even then legal and political challenges continued. There was also a lot of talk in the bars about “shoot, shovel, and shut up.”While the wolves’ enemies worked to return them to Canada, the biologists in charge of the project feared that the wolves might well return on their own. Once they were released, two packs remained in the national park, but one bore only one pup and the other none. The other, comprising Wolves Nine and Ten and Nine’s yearling daughter, disappeared.They were in fact heading home. As they emerged from protected federal land, an unemployed ne’er-do-well from Red Lodge, Montana, trained a high-powered rifle on Wolf Number Ten and shot him through the chest.Number Nine dug a den next to the body of her mate, and gave birth to eight pups. The story of their rescue and the manhunt for the killer is the heart of The Killing of Wolf Number Ten.+Read this book, and if you are ever fortunate enough to hear the howling of Yellowstone wolves, you will always think of Wolves Nine and Ten. If you ever see a Yellowstone wolf, chance are it will be carrying their DNA.The restoration of the wolf to Yellowstone is now recognized as one of conservation’s greatest achievements, and Wolves Nine and Ten will always be known as its emblematic heroes....

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  • Scott
    2019-05-31 10:14

    Thomas McNamee, a writer of proven talent and grit in the world of environmental affairs, has written an important book in the history of the reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone Park and the surrounding ecosystem.In this short book, McNamee drops the reader into a passionate political debate that has raged for decades out West - should the wolf, which once roamed freely but was hunted to virtual extinction under private and public programs, be reintroduced to Yellowstone? At the opening of the book, the champions of the wolf reintroduction are on edge, waiting for the long-overdue green light to officially release wolves into protective pens in Yellowstone. Last minute legal wrangling by their opponents - a combination of ranchers, hunters, and just plain wolf-haters - has temporarily halted their efforts just before the magic moment of release. McNamee uses this delay to provide a quick overview of the historic debate over the wolf and the forces opposing its reintroduction. McNamee, clearly a fan of the wolf's reintroduction, also provides the perspective of the scientists, environmentalists, and just plain fans of the wolf who ache for a return of the alpha predator to its former hunting grounds.This story, long dominated by politics, takes a real-world turn once the courts give the green light and the wolves are released into their protective pens. McNamee then turns to the maddening process of reintroducing the wolves to their new home. Will the wolves thrive? Will they mate? Will they leave their temporary enclosures? Will the wolves stay in Yellowstone? Wolves can travel hundreds of miles - will the packs return to their old hunting grounds in Canada? Wolves have no idea of park boundaries, after all. Worse - will the wolves commit the sin that their foes are warning about - killing domestic livestock? Every movement of the wolves is tracked, including the most promising pair, Wolves Nine and Ten, two exemplars of the species who appear to have mated. As the title of the book indicates, there is a fair amount of tragedy in this process. If you feel passionately about animal rights, there will be some agonizing pages in store. But in this tragedy lie the seeds of hope. The wolves in Yellowstone are thriving today, thanks in large part to Wolves Nine and Ten. So there is reason for hope.But as the Trump Administration takes power in Washington, one must wonder about the future of the wolves. They still have their opponents, including western governors, legislators, hunters, and ranchers. The reintroduction of the alpha predator to Yellowstone is a godsend to some, including many environmentalists, but it is far from secure. "The Killing of Wolf Number Ten" is an important book on a vital subject, and while McNamee definitely has a pro-wolf bias, he defends it with facts while respecting the complexity of the debate. Highly recommended.

  • Mike Collins
    2019-06-01 12:17

    To start with I found this book to be a bit too anthropomorphic in the way it wrote certain paragraphs in the point of view in the wolf. I wasn't a fan of this. Yet whilst reading it became clear, these passages were few and far between.Being very familiar with the subject matter of the yellowstone reintroduction and the killing of wolf number 10 the first half of the book was run of the mill material I had read many times before. The second half dealing with the Hunter who illegally shot him and the characters involved in taking him to justice, was not a story I knew very well and it added the book a unique dimension to stand out from the rest.A book highlighting possibly the best meaning science and (human nature) and the worst of human nature, it was structured well and ended in a very positive note, expanding on the very romanticised and missinderstood concept of 'wolves changing yellowstone' with facts straight from the scientist's papers.well worth a read even if you are familiar with the subject matter. It is a sad story, yet the determination and effort made by the other members of the reintroduction effort and wildlife agents shows that even in the worse scenario, people can still do good things.

  • Renee
    2019-06-11 07:14

    Please excuse me while I finish crying. I continue to pick up books with such spoilerific and depressing titles as The Killing of Wolf Number Ten even though I know once I reach the back cover I will be a mixed bag of anger and sadness and hopeful optimism. It's a very mild form of self-inflicted torture. But I suppose that's kind of all reading. Anyway, this was a short, quick, very emotionally charged read. The bulk of the story was dedicated to the story of wolves Nine and Ten, the first pair of wolves to establish roots in Yellowstone in some 70 years. I did like how the author also jumped ahead to more recent years and discussed the current state of the park and how the wolves are doing. Which of course was its own form of torture because of course an issue as big and complicated and with as much opposition as the wolf reintroduction is never going to have a neat and happy ending. I didn't really realize it until I was staring at the chapter head with the date "January 12th, 1995" but the reintroduction of wolves, not just to Yellowstone but the rest of the lower 48, has been a part of my entire life. I was only 5 when wolves Nine and Ten were flown down from Canada and brought to Lamar Valley. Since I was old enough to be aware of the issue it has always been a concern of mine. It has brought me great joy to see wolves returned to so many areas of the States and I will be happier still when people abandon their misplaced fear and hatred of them. Thomas McNamee does a wonderful job of capturing the tension, fear, joy and hope that everyone involved in the reintroduction effort felt as they work tirelessly to see the wolves returned to Yellowstone. I am grateful to him for this book and to everyone who worked so hard to bring home the wolf. ~Ren

  • Gus
    2019-05-26 05:31

    Made me cry to hear Number Tens story. Great, easy read. He compiles all the facts into a nice timeline. Gave him 4 of 5 stars only because his writing was a bit too flowery, but not enough to discourage anyone from reading. Recommend reading before you go to Yellowstone if you are traveling there. Great perspective on the enormous effort it takes to protect the blessing of Yellowstone. Read it!

  • Alyssa Woodruff
    2019-06-22 10:28

    When I first grabbed this book off the shelf I thought it would be too sad for me to read. It is sad but it's also an amazing. I find it fantastic that people can be so determined to bring the wolves back to their natural home in Yellowstone. This book is so full of information and pulls at your heart with emotion.

  • Mike Dettinger
    2019-05-30 11:09

    A day-by-day journal of the first days and years of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone. Quite interesting to see the issues, uncertainties and people involved...along with those first wolves. A quick little read, interesting but not a block buster.

  • Candace
    2019-06-19 10:19

    I really enjoyed this book--and it's really short. It only offers a glimpse of the struggle of reintroducing the wolf to Yellowstone (and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem) but the story of the park-specific wolves was fascinating. I look forward to reading more on the subject.

  • Mary
    2019-06-24 05:14

    I moved to the area after this event so never heard the story. Fascinating and sad look at the wolf reintroduction

  • Geno Lewan
    2019-06-14 11:27

    Interesting insight into the reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park. I enjoyed the read. RIP #10