This wide-ranging survey about wolves of the Pacific Northwest offers something for both the specialist and the curious layperson. Wildlife tracker Moskowitz uses the tracker mindset in his examination of wolves and their interactions with humans and nature. Like tracking, with its series of educated guesses based on available information, Moskowitz weaves his observations with existing research to understand the present state of wolf populations. In the odd-numbered chapters he describes individual packs of wolves, while more general information is covered in the even-numbered chapters. Maps throughout orient the reader to the location of packs while beautiful photographs enliven the tale and line drawings illustrate key points.
Residents of the Pacific Northwest will appreciate the specificity of this work, but any fans of wolves or wildlife biology will find this of interest. David Moskowitz, a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator, has been studying wildlife and tracking in the Pacific Northwest since 1995. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands. David’s experience includes training mountaineering instructors for Outward Bound, leading expeditions throughout the western United States, teaching natural history seminars, and leading the Wildlife Tracking Intensive program at Wilderness Awareness School. David holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and outdoor education from Prescott College. View his photography and find out about classes at www.davidmoskowitz.net.
Hardcover Pages: 316 pp. Images: 100 color photos, 10 maps, 16 line drawings
"An essential read for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of how ecological, political, and geological trends can lead to the decline or restoration of species and their habitats."
"An expert wildlife tracker paints a portrait of wolves' lives and value to ecosystems, set against the backdrop of conflict over rising wolf populations."
"This wide-ranging survey about wolves of the Pacific Northwest offers something for both the specialist and the curious layperson. ... Residents of the Pacific Northwest will appreciate the specificity of this work, but any fans of wolves or wildlife biology will find this of interest."
"A great book for anyone even remotely interested in North America's wolf populations."
—Riley Banks, The Writer’s Shack
"David Moskowitz follows these most controversial of animals through the wilds of the Cascade Range and up into British Columbia, richly evoking their habitat and complex nature."
—National Geographic Traveler blog