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The wolves of Minnesota : howl in the heartland
Mech, L. David.
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Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2000]

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127 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Introduction -- Historical overview of Minnesota wolf recovery / Minnesota wolf range : past, present, and future / Wolf research in Minnesota / Minnesota wolf / Wolf movements and spacing in Minnesota / Wolf numbers and reproduction / Minnesota wolf predation / L. David Mech -- Wolf management in Minnesota / International Wolf Center / Minnesota's deer and moose
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QL737.C22 W6485 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The wolves of Minnesota are one of conservation's greatest success stories. Of the 48 contiguous United States, only Minnesota-with a wolf population at an estimated 2,600-has managed to protect and sustain a viable wolf population over the past two decades. Today, the wolf is close to being removed from the federal government's endangered species list. But while some applaud the wolf's return, others worry about the human cultural costs of maintaining such a large population, and others wonder if that population is too high for the wolf's own good. Edited by renowned expert "wolfman" Dr. L. David Mech and comprising the work of several researchers who have studied Minnesota wolves, "The Wolves of Minnesota" is an authoritative account of the background of the wolf in Minnesota. It features the fascinating story of the comeback of the wolf in Minnesota and examines the cultural costs of the comeback of the animal, to the point where the question is not "Will we ever hear the howl of the wolf again?" but "How many howls are enough?" "The Wolves of Minnesota" examines the animal and its packs and populations, the past and present ranges of the species in Minnesota, the rich history of the scientific research about it, the biology of the wolf, the wolf's prey, wolf-human interactions, and the future of the wolf in Minnesota.

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Booklist Review

Minnesota is not only home to the largest population of wolves in the lower 48 states, it is also the only state in the region in which the wolf was never exterminated. Minnesota's extensive wilderness areas, combined with its contiguous border with Canada, preserved the wolf in the face of the pressures that wiped them out everywhere else. Wolves have been scientifically studied in Minnesota since the 1930s, and Mech (probably the best-known and most-respected wolf researcher in the world) has brought together a series of essays examining this species in its last stronghold. This is the first book specifically covering the wolves of Minnesota, and it is fitting that it is written for a general audience--it is the people who live with wolves as neighbors that will ultimately decide their fate. Besides general discussions about wolves, the essays cover wolf extermination attempts prior to research, as well as what we know today about the 2,600 wolves inhabiting the state and some of the controversies surrounding them. An excellent work that is highly recommended for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Minnesota's wolves are an outstanding conservation success story. Careful wildlife management and a sensitive public relations campaign have allowed the Minnesota wolf population to remain viable and even grow while other states debate the reintroduction of endangered wolves into their wilderness areas. Editor and wolf specialist Mech (The Way of the Wolf, The Arctic Wolf) here tells the story of the Minnesota wolf, using beautiful color photographs and a well-written, authoritative, and informative text. A compilation of his research and that of several other expert researchers, the book examines the biology of the wolf, its interactions with its prey, wolf-human interactions, and the past and present ranges of the wolf in Minnesota. Of particular interest is the section discussing the attitudes of Minnesota residents toward wolves. A worthwhile addition to public library collections.DDeborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.