Wolves Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

ISBN-10: 0226516970

ISBN-13: 9780226516974

Edition: 2006

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Description: 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 andamateurs 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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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.388

Luigi Boitani is the head of the Department of Animal and Human Biology at the University of Rome, and a leading authority on wolves.

L. David Mech is a senior research scientist with the US Geological Survey and an adjunct professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He is author of The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species, The Way of the Wolf, and The Arctic Wolf, among other books, and is coauthor of The Wolves of Denali.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Wolf Social Ecology
Wolf Behavior: Reproductive, Social, and Intelligent
Wolf Communication
The Wolf as a Carnivore
Wolf-Prey Relations
Wolf Population Dynamics
The Internal Wolf: Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology
Molecular Genetic Studies of Wolves
Wolf Evolution and Taxonomy
Wolf Interactions with Non-prey
Restoration of the Red Wolf
Wolves and Humans
Wolf Conservation and Recovery
Conclusion
Species Names Used in the Text
List of Contributors
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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