Wolf Land

Carter Niemeyer. Bottlefly, $18 trade paper (236p) ISBN 978-0-9848113-2-8
Niemeyer was one of the key people involved with the reintroduction of wolves into the Northern Rockies—most notably Yellowstone in the mid-1990s. This engaging memoir of his experiences as a head wolf manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service picks up where his first memoir, Wolfer, left off. That earlier work was a more straightforward narrative of his development from a young trapper and wildlife manager to a wolf preservationist; this title is a more impressionistic—although informative—look at what followed after the wolves were reintroduced, as each chapter recounts a specific event during his time working with the government and local farmers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. A chapter on the Rose Creek Wolves is a fascinating look at the beginnings of the wolf-trapping program in Alberta and the daring of Wolf #9 in seeking her mate and pups while avoiding capture. Another chapter on the Phantom Hill wolves is a hard look at the misconceptions that still exist about wolves and how “people seemed to be at least fifty percent of any problem a wolf encounters.” (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2016
Release date: 03/01/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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