American wolf : a true story of survival and obsession in the West / Nate Blakeslee.

Blakeslee, Nate, 1970-
New York : Crown Publishers, [2017]
300 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
First edition

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Wolves -- Yellowstone National Park.
Endangered species -- Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife management -- Yellowstone National Park.
Mammal populations -- Yellowstone National Park.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Yellowstone National Park.
Endangered species.
Mammal populations.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Wildlife management.
United States -- Yellowstone National Park.
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The story of the rise of a Yellowstone wolf, and what her life and death and death tell us about the struggle for the American West. -- Provided by publisher.
"The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world. But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes."--Jacket.
Prologue: December 6, 2012
Return of the wolf
In the Valley of the Druids
A star is born
The king of Currumpaw
Rebels in the sage
Iron man
Return to the Lamar Valley
Rampage of the Mollies
"The worst possible thing I could tell you"
A good day in the park
Enough is enough
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index.