The Rise of Wolf 8:
Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog
by Rick McIntyre
Foreword from Robert Redford
Advance Review Copies Now Available
Book One in the Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone Trilogy
Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves—but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995.
This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves.
Authored by a world-renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original, bold new trilogy set to transform our understanding of an iconic species.
Rick McIntyre has worked in national parks for nearly fifty years and has recorded more sightings of wild wolves than any other person. For fifteen years, he rose before dawn every day to observe the Yellowstone wolves. Now retired, he has spoken about the Yellowstone Wolves with news outlets such as 60 Minutes and NPR’s Snap Judgement, and is profiled extensively in American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee.
Robert Redford—actor, director, and producer—has been a passionate art and environmental activist since the early 1970s. He has been an advocate for climate change awareness, clean energy, and habitat protection for over forty years.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE RISE OF WOLF 8
"Yellowstone’s resident wolf guru Rick McIntyre has been many things to many people: an expert tracker for the park’s biologists, an indefatigable roadside interpreter for visitors, and an invaluable consultant to countless chronicles of the park’s wolves—including my own. But he is first and foremost a storyteller whose encyclopedic knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction project—now in its 25th year—is unparalleled.”
—Nate Blakeslee, New York Times bestselling author of American Wolf
"To follow the ever-changing destinies of the Yellowstone wolves is to witness a real-life drama, complete with acts of bravery, tragedy, sacrifice and heroism. Rick McIntyre has monitored the park’s wolves since reintroduction. He once said, 'Certain wolves that I have come to know, they are better at being wolves than I have been at being a person.'”
—Jim and Jamie Dutcher, founders of Living with Wolves
"As your patient teacher, Rick McIntyre will show you that wolves are all individuals, and that the lives they lead are truly epic. Once you step into this journey, you’ll never see anything the same way again."
–Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
"Rick McIntyre’s book has no match in literature. He presents the personal lives of wild wolves in a riveting narrative without equal for its detail and insight."
–Rolf Peterson, Michigan Technological University and author of The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance
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