Have wolves returned to Colorado? In the last few weeks there have been reports on their possible return (http://bit.ly/9Os1fY). Wolves have been absent from the state since their extermination in the 1940’s.
For the past twenty-five years, the Land Library has been collecting books on wolves and other wild canids. We have hundreds of wolf-related titles in our collection, and more than a few seem especially pertinent, given the promising news from the Western slope. The recent (and prophetic) Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home provides a perfect re-introduction between two species who have gone their separate ways for far too long.
And as wolves expand their territory, their conflicts with humans will grow once again. Rick Bass’ The Ninemile Wolves chronicles the wolves’ return to a remote Montana Valley, after an absence of 60 years. They returned quietly, on their own and not part of a relocation effort. Rick Bass pieces together their story, which is also the story of the human lives the wolves intersect. This is a very wise book on our evolving western landscape.
There couldn’t be a better time to renew our acquaintance with a fellow westerner! Here’s a few more titles on wolves from the Land Library’s shelves:
The Wolf Almanac by Robert Busch, War Against the Wolf: America’s Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf, edited by Rick McIntyre, Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, edited by L. David Mech & Luigi Boitaini
And, from our Waterton Canyon Kids Library:
The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighead George & Wendell Minor, Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat, Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf by Stephen Swinburne & Jim Brandenburg