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As wolves return to their old territory in Yellowstone National Park, their presence is reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relations with human beings. This authoritative and eloquent book coaxes the wolf out from its camouflage of myth and reveals the depth of its kinship with humanity, which shares this animal's complex complex social organization, intenseAs wolves return to their old territory in Yellowstone National Park, their presence is reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relations with human beings. This authoritative and eloquent book coaxes the wolf out from its camouflage of myth and reveals the depth of its kinship with humanity, which shares this animal's complex complex social organization, intense family ties, and predatory streak....

Title : The Company of Wolves
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ISBN : 9780679743873
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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The Company of Wolves Reviews

  • Lela
    2019-01-29 02:27

    Wolves became more to me than frightening beasts who killed. They are parents, aunts, uncles, children, siblings. Wonderful book!

  • Brandy
    2019-01-30 01:16

    Picked up book in Denali National Park. I have been looking or a book that discusses the controversy, history, myths, and social system of the wolf. I found this book easy to read and very informative. While the author is clearly a wolf supporter, he does show other perspectives (rancher, trapper). The book is well written and very interesting. It was published in the mid 90s so not much current info. One thing I really liked learning more about because it profoundly affects the wolf but is also a current policy in Alaska is wolf killing as predator control. Predator control is the term used to trap, shoot, and hunt wolves so moose, elk, deer, etc. populations will increase for hunting. According the the author, natural forces play a bigger role in moose, elk, etc. numbers than the wolf.Very good book.

  • Aaron
    2019-02-21 23:15

    While still in high school, I became fascinated with wolves and wolf recovery. That was about the time this book was written. "The Company of Wolves" is almost 20 years old, but the issues are still present. It's pretty thorough, and well-researched exploration of the relationship between man and wolf.Steinhart makes an astute observation that our feelings about wolves may be mere reflections of how we feel about mankind. I think that's probably true for me. I'm not one who believes that man is nothing more than another animal, but I do believe we're connected to all living things in a deep way. Similarities among species are inevitable, though our own experience can color how or if we perceive them.I live in a community where "Kill 'em all" stickers, referring to wolves, are not uncommon in the back windows of compensatory pickups. That's in spite of the fact that Utah has no viable packs. Some people just feel they need something to hate I guess, and the symbol of a wolf must fill that need. I prefer to see wolves as a complex and largely misunderstood species, necessary to the thriving of other species and ecosystems, and deserving of nuanced consideration. In some ways, they are like us. Known for violence, but also intelligence and loyalty, they really aren't a bad mirror at all.

  • Brittany
    2019-01-29 22:29

    This is, simply, the best book on wolves I've ever read. Steinhart starts out by stating the problem: that it's almost impossible to think about wolves without bringing to the subject cultural baggage. Whether its positive or negative, spiritual or demonic, everyone has preconceptions. Steinhart does his level best to break through those preconceptions to see through to the wolf, the organism itself. At the same time, he does a fabulous job of writing in an engaging, evocative manner that is a pleasure to read.

  • Florence
    2019-02-08 18:02

    I wanted to learn more about those majestic, mysterious animals that have inspired so many myths. Instead, the author kept mentioning wolves that had been killed in various places by various cruel methods, including by airplane. He even interviewed many of the hunters. He tried to give a balanced scientific viewpoint of wolves history in North America but much of it seemed like an unexciting listing of population changes. I don't feel like I gained much additional knowledge about wolf behavior, however I did find the chapter on dog-wolf hybrids and the behavioral problems associated with raising them to be very informative. .

  • Christian Ledesma
    2019-01-31 23:18

    I never thought Wildlife conservation texts would be fun to read. As I approached the last chapters, I didn't want the book to end.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-27 02:17

    Dedication to Canis lupus:There are many reasons why I'm fascinated about those animals. Well I could only mention because of its mysteries distinguished beauty and that would be enough. But for me, there is more...I'm draw to wolves, because no other animal is so like us. We recognize chimpanzees and gorillas which are a lot like us in body structure and capacities for language and tool making.Of course we are in many ways like chimpanzees and Co.but we are in some more ways more like wolves :Like wolves, we evolved as a hunterLike wolves we have more adaptions to chase rather than to hideLike wolves we have minds capable of calculation of strategy and coordinationLike wolves we band together to kill lager preyLike wolves we have a different social system, for long childhoods,strong social bonds, complex social roles, status differencesLike wolves we claim and defend territoriesLike wolves we have strong emotionsWe have so much alike, we have to protect and love those beautiful precious creatures !

  • Diane
    2019-02-22 21:18

    This was a well researched and all encompassing book about wolves. The history of both the grey and red wolf eradication in the lower 48 states and subsequent efforts to reestablish themselves (both with and without human intervention) takes up much of the book. But it also discusses wolf behavior (such as howling, raising of their young, dispersers, hunting patterns, etc.)and peoples' irrational views about them. After reading this book I was struck by the similarities between wolves and people. But most of all I was in awe of such a magnificent animal.

  • Jessaka
    2019-02-14 23:19

    This should really be a five star book for the information that it contains, but I didn't enjoy it much due to having to read all about the killing of wolves by ranchers, etc. Still, it is a very thorough book for anyone who wants to know everything on the history of wolves and their habits.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-15 20:24

    Good info, a little outdated. And long.

  • Aidan
    2019-02-05 01:23

    Absolutely essential. A brilliant and very detailed account of the history of how we as humans have loved, respected, awed, despised, and confronted the wolf in all its forms. With tons of personal opinions, stories, experiences, and vantage points from multiple sides, love and hate, (and even the neutral), Steinhart does really well to represent all attitudes towards the wolf, and his (almost) unbiased narrative leaves the reader to really shape and discover their own internal narrative towards one of the most mysterious creatures in cultural history. He is not telling you to love or hate the wolf either way, but instead, like the wolf itself, guiding you to open your mind and take in everything the wolf has ever had to offer, while also making it very clear that we still have a lot to learn.From Western ranchers to Alaskan trappers and Ancient Indigenous tribes, each have rich and divided opinions going back hundreds and hundreds of years, supported by interviews and a very respectable amount of research. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and strongly recommend it to anyone who feels a connection to the wolf, whether they respect and admire and love it, despise and disgusted by it (but still want to learn more), or even if they don't know yet and are undecided. We may never understand the wolf, I think we may never even truly want to, and while this book is probably just barely scratching the surface of the complexities of it, it is a wonderful start to the conversation.

  • Randall Burleson
    2019-02-15 22:25

    This book fails to contain a a single reference to support the author's statements in the book. Page 27 the author states, "In thirty-five years, more than eighty thousand wolves were submitted for bounty payments in Montana." Where is the supporting documentation for this incredible number? Am I supposed to simply accept this as factual? When I read a book for educational purposes I want to have the ability to look up the reference material myself in order that I can reference the book with confidence. I have no confidence in this book or the material contained within. I could not recommend it with good confidence.

  • Syed Asif
    2019-02-16 18:28

    So good. Impressive. Makes you think, and fills you with admiration and respect for the wolf.

  • Emily
    2019-01-29 00:12

    Though the author's bias is a bit nauseating at times, and this isn't the book I wanted it to be, this book nonetheless covers a lot of ground in relatively few pages, giving over more time to man's history with wolves and wolves as symbols of either good or evil than the actual science of the wolf itself. But, unlike myriad other works purporting to be about wolves but really being about humans, this one actually stops to explain why. And 'why' is a very important question. WHY the preoccupation with humans history with wolves? WHY is the issue of reintroduction so heavily contended? WHY do authors get sidetracked talking about spirituality when I would prefer them to discuss the behavior of the animal? This book provides a lot of answers to questions I've long harbored not about the wolf, but about the people who deal with and write about them.It does also have a fair amount of text about wolves as animals, if you piece it all together.But most of all, it explains why you get a completely different picture of wolves every time you read something about them.So while my instinct is not to give this a high rating because of the statements I disagree with or have no interest in, and it is doubly to give it a low rating for expressing such obvious preferences for one person or another interviewed for the book, there's actually a veritable treasure trove of information in this book that I have found nowhere else, and the author is much freer about where that information was gotten than most. Much of what is said in the book can still be looked up today, and you can find out, for example, what happened to the Isle Royale wolves after this book was published.In short, it's worth the read, despite being hard to read in some places.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-22 01:29

    This book gives and good overall picture of the situation - I just wish it offered more solutions. Some issues the book didn't really address. State Land, Park Service Property, DNR Land, National Forest Land - does NOT belong to the government. It is NOT their land. It belongs to the 'public' it should all be relabeled as "PUBLIC LAND" since government entities are not incorporated they cannot own anything. WE the people own the Government - we ARE the government, therefore, that is OUR land. So if you took that approach to how it should be used and managed, you'd have a whole different perspective on both sides of this issue now wouldn't you?The farmers and ranchers who are struggling with wolves and grazing rights are coming from that perspective. And while Peter really does make an honest effort to explore both sides of the issue - it's a big GAP in the book. Other than that - it's an excellent informative read. I wish there was some magic wand that you could wave that would make people and wolves get along, but there isn't and its heartbreaking to watch it out here in Eastern Washington first hand.

  • Mallory
    2019-02-02 01:08

    This book took me forever to read, mostly because of the time of the semester I am in right now...not much time for personal reading! As a conservation biology grad student, this book, though now fairly "old" still spells out all of the complications that go into creating a restoration program, a management plan, really anything involved in wildlife management. I thought that Steinhart kept a very balanced view of all the controversy attached to wolf restoration, and it was an enjoyable and informative read.

  • David
    2019-02-06 22:28

    For she was just a girl after all, who'd strayed from the path in the forest, and remembered what she'd found there.

  • Dsalsbury Salsbury
    2019-01-30 19:11

    This was a good break from what I have been reading. The life of a wolf in a wolf pack & their relationship with humans. Quick easy read. Brought up some interesting psychological issues...

  • Danielle
    2019-02-08 23:16

    Very interesting nonfiction book. It drags in places, and speeds along in others, but otherwise I was fascinated by the lives and culture of wolves.

  • Jill
    2019-02-22 02:12

    Awesome book!