The Rise of Wolf 8
Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog
- ISBN: 9781771645218
- Tags: Literary Non-Fiction, Nature & Environment, Rick McIntyre, Robert Redford,
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
- Published On: 10/15/2019
- 304 Pages
Available October 15, 2019
The astonishing true story of one of the first wolves to roam Yellowstone in more than 60 years. Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: A 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.
Wolf 8 struggles at first—he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied—but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé?
Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.
Rick McIntyre has worked in national parks for more than 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.
"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, author of the New York Times bestseller American Wolf
“[McIntyre] spins the best stories about wolves that anyone will ever tell. No one could match it.”
—Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist and project leader for the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project
“Rick McIntyre is a fabulous researcher. He dedicated his life to documenting the histories of generations of wolves in Yellowstone. I envy the hours he spent in the field talking to people about wolves and tracking the wolves movements in the most beautiful country in the world. I am glad he is sharing his research with the population.”
—Scott Frazier, Crow / Santee, Director of Project Indigenous
"This book is your invitation and opportunity to spend years inside Yellowstone National Park alongside the man who has spent more time watching wolves than anyone in the history of the world. As your patient teacher, he will show you that wolves are all individuals, and that the lives they lead are truly epic."
—Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
“No one I know of has watched wild wolves longer or more closely than Rick McIntyre. I also have met few who are as good at weaving interesting stories from those unique observations. He witnessed multi-generational sagas of victory, defeat, joy, and survival of Shakespearean proportions among the most famous wolf packs on earth."
—Ed Bangs, former US Fish & Wildlife Service Wolf Recovery Coordinator; led the reintroduction of Yellowstone wolves.
For many years I've thought that Rick McIntyre is the 'go-to-guy' for all things wolf, and his latest book, The Rise of Wolf 8, amply confirms my belief. A must read—to which I'll return many times—for anyone interested in wolves and other nature. Wolves and humans are lucky to have Rick McIntyre."
—Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of Rewilding Our Hearts and Canine Confidential
"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
"McIntyre has here written the captivating story of individual wolves and their personalities in their natural setting of competing with other packs, starting with those reintroduced into Yellowstone Park. Their stories will become a classic in animal behavior, with impacts reaching into ecology, conservation biology, and comparisons to human social evolution. All is presented with skill and verve to be accessible to a wide audience."
—Bernd Heinrich, PhD, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont and author of Mind of the Raven
“By absorbing himself in Yellowstone National Park and making its wolves central in his life, Rick McIntyre has uncovered a rich panoply of personality differences and social complexity in their daily lives and activities. The inevitable result is to recast this much-maligned species in a deeply sympathetic, compassionate, and mesmerizing way.”
—John B. Theberge, PhD, wildlife ecologist, wolf biologist, and author of Wolf Country
"Rick’s book is a testament to the irreplaceable value of direct and long term observation of wild animals in their habitat. No trick of modern technology will ever be able to catch the subtleties of the messages sent by just a glance or the sophisticated mechanisms of leadership in a wolf pack. This book will tell you all this and much more: its contribution to wolf biology is immense, for scientists as well as for wolf lovers."
—Luigi Boitani, Honorary Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnologies, University of Rome, Italy