Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, And Conservation

Paperback | February 1, 2007

EditorL. David Mech

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Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across much of the United States and Europe, wolves have made a tremendous comeback in recent years, thanks to legal protection, changing human attitudes, and efforts to reintroduce them to suitable habitats in North America.

As wolf populations have rebounded, scientific studies of them have also flourished. But there hasn't been a systematic, comprehensive overview of wolf biology since 1970. In Wolves, many of the world's leading wolf experts provide state-of-the-art coverage of just about everything you could want to know about these fascinating creatures. Individual chapters cover wolf social ecology, behavior, communication, feeding habits and hunting techniques, population dynamics, physiology and pathology, molecular genetics, evolution and taxonomy, interactions with nonhuman animals such as bears and coyotes, reintroduction, interactions with humans, and conservation and recovery efforts. The book discusses both gray and red wolves in detail and includes information about wolves around the world, from the United States and Canada to Italy, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Israel, India, and Mongolia. Wolves is also extensively illustrated with black and white photos, line drawings, maps, and fifty color plates.

Unrivalled in scope and comprehensiveness, Wolves will become the definitive resource on these extraordinary animals for scientists and amateurs alike.

“An excellent compilation of current knowledge, with contributions from all the main players in wolf research. . . . It is designed for a wide readership, and certainly the language and style will appeal to both scientists and lucophiles alike. . . . This is an excellent summary of current knowledge and will remain the standard reference work for a long time to come.”—Stephen Harris, New Scientist

“This is the place to find almost any fact you want about wolves.”—Stephen Mills, BBC Wildlife Magazine


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Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across muc...

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Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across muc...

L. David Mech is a senior research scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and adjunct professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the Department of Ecology and Behavioral Biology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.5 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226516970

ISBN - 13:9780226516974

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Table of Contents

Foreword
George Rabb

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1 - Wolf Social Ecology
L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani

Chapter 2 - Wolf Behavior: Reproductive, Social, and Intelligent
Jane M. Packard

Chapter 3 - Wolf Communication
Fred H. Harrington and Cheryl S. Asa

Chapter 4 - The Wolf as a Carnivore
Rolf O. Peterson and Paolo Ciucci

Chapter 5 - Wolf-Prey Relations
L. David Mech and Rolf O. Peterson

Chapter 6 - Wolf Population Dynamics
Todd K. Fuller, L. David Mech, and Jean Fitts Cochrane

Chapter 7 - The Internal Wolf: Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology
Terry J. Kreeger

Chapter 8 - Molecular Genetic Studies of Wolves
Robert K. Wayne and Carles Vilá

Chapter 9 - Wolf Evolution and Taxonomy
Ronald M. Nowak

Chapter 10 - Wolf Interactions with Non-prey
Warren B. Ballard, Ludwig N. Carbyn, and Douglas W. Smith

Chapter 11 - Restoration of the Red Wolf
Michael K. Phillips, V. Gary Henry, and Brian T. Kelly

Chapter 12 - Wolves and Humans
Steven H. Fritts, Robert O. Stephenson, Robert D. Hayes, and Luigi Boitani

Chapter 13 - Wolf Conservation and Recovery
Luigi Boitani

Conclusion
Appendix: Species Names Used in the Text
List of Contributors
References
Index