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Wolves and Other Canids
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Now this is the Law of the Jungle,
     as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
     but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
     the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
     and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
-- Rudyard Kipling, "The Law of the Jungle,"
from The Jungle Book

Wolves have been a special interest of mine for many years, and I have a lot of books about them. Being interested in wolves leads naturally to being interested in other canids, so I have more than a few books about other members of the canid family too.

Wolves

There's probably been more written about wolves than about any other single living animal. I'm mainly interested in the science of wolves, so that's what most of my wolf books are about. My books about wolves include:

  • A SOCIETY OF WOLVES: National Parks and the Battle over the Wolf (Revised Ed.)
    Author: McIntyre, Rick
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: Voyageur Press
    ISBN: 0-89658-325-2

  • ARCTIC WOLF: Living with the Pack
    Author: Mech, L. David
    Copyright:1988
    Publisher: Voyageur Press
    ISBN: 0-89658-211-6
    In the late 1980s, wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg and wolf biologist L. David Mech found an isolated pack of Arctic wolves living on Ellesmere Island. The Ellesmere wolves have never been hunted, so they have no fear of humans. As a result, these white wolves became Mech and Brandeburg's career for the next decade. Brandenburg and Mech were able to observe this particular pack in detail and at close range. Eventually they were accepted by the pack to such an extent that they were allowed to come into the wolves' den and photograph young cubs at play. This book is Mech's account of their first couple of years with the Ellesmere pack.
  • ARCTIC WOLF: Ten Years with the Pack
    Author: Mech, L. David
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Voyageur Press
    ISBN: 0-89658-353-8
    An update of LIVING WITH THE PACK, Mech's first book about the Ellesmere wolf pack. This book makes full use of Mech's several years of additional observations of the original pack and also of other Ellesmere wolves.
  • COMPANY OF WOLVES, THE
    Author: Steinhart, Peter
    Copyright:1995
    Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    ISBN: 0-679-41881-4
    An in-depth look at wolves and knowledge about wolves over roughly the last century. Steinhart takes detailed looks at red wolves, the wolves of Isle Royale, and the wolves that were recently reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. The Company of Wolves is like a complement or update to Barry Lopez's book Of Wolves and Men. Steinhart more or less updates Lopez's view of wolves with the fruits of an additional twenty years of wolf research.
  • FOLLOWING THE PACK: THE WORLD OF WOLF RESEARCH
    Author: Link and Crowley
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Voyageur Press
    ISBN: 0-89658-199-3
    Summaries of the work of different wolf researchers of the past century.
  • NINEMILE WOLVES, THE
    Author: Bass, Rick
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-38251-X

  • OF WOLVES AND MEN
    Author: Lopez, Barry Holstun
    Copyright:1978
    Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
    ISBN: 0-684-16322-5
    A superb, unmatched profile of wolves and their interactions with humans over time. Lopez explores the biology of wolves, their evolution, and their relationship with man. He starts with a excellent look at the reality of northern wolves, then talks about how wolves and humans have interacted over the centuries. He discusses the almost hysterical, superstitious fear and hatred of wolves in Europe, and the slow, methodical extermination of wolves that followed. He then moves on to the wolves of the USA, and the brutal anti-wolf campaigns of the late 19th and early 20th centuries which nearly eliminated wolves from the continental United States.
  • RETURN OF THE WOLF TO YELLOWSTONE, THE
    Author: McNamee, Thomas
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
    ISBN: 0-8050-5792-7

  • RETURN OF THE WOLF, THE
    Author: Grooms, Steve
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: NorthWord Press
    ISBN: 1-55971-151-5

  • WHITE WOLF: LIVING WITH AN ARCTIC LEGEND
    Author: Brandenburg, Jim
    Copyright:1990
    Publisher: NorthWord Press
    ISBN: 1-55971-093-4
    Jim Brandenburg is the wildlife photographer who worked with L. David Mech in studying the white wolves of Ellesmere Island. For reasons I don't know, he chose to publish a separate book about his experiences with the Ellesmere wolves, rather than working with Mech on a joint project. This book is a photo/text collage which Brandenburg assembled from his several years' worth of photographs of the Ellesmere pack.
  • WOLF ALMANAC, THE
    Author: Busch, Robert H.
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Lyons Press, The
    ISBN: 1-55821-557-3
    A general look at wolves: their evolution, nature, ecological role, and history with humans. Well written with a lot of excellent pictures and other illustrations.
  • WOLF WARS
    Author: Fischer, Hank
    Copyright:1995
    Publisher: Falcon Press
    ISBN: 1-56044-352-9
    For a couple of decades, environmentalists have wanted to re-introduce wolves to any fragment of their former range where they could still survive. Most of the areas that qualify are in the American West. This book chronicles the controversy over re-introducing wolves to several areas of the American West, including Yellowstone Park.
  • WOLF, THE: GHOST HUNTER
    Author: LeBoeuf, Daniel
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: Firefly Books
    ISBN: 1-895565-98-7

  • WOLF, THE: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species
    Author: Mech, L. David
    Copyright:1970
    Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota Press
    ISBN: 0-8166-1026-6
    Mech's first in-depth book about the dynamics of a wolf pack, activities, hunting, habits, range, etc. This book focuses entirely on his studies of the wolves of Isle Royale Park, on Isle Royale in Lake Michigan.
  • WOLVES OF DENALI, THE
    Author: Mech, L. David, et al
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota Press
    ISBN: 0-8166-2958-7
    Denali National Park was formerly Mount McKinley National Park. Thus, the wolves studied by Mech and his colleagues are in the same ecosystem as the wolves Adolph Murie studied for his groundbreaking paper THE WOLVES OF MOUNT MCKINLEY.
  • WOLVES OF MOUNT MCKINLEY, THE
    Author: Murie, Adolph
    Copyright:1944
    Publisher: Univ. of Washington Press
    ISBN: 0-295-96203-8
    Adolph Murie's groundbreaking study of the wolves of Mount McKinley National Park (now Denali National Park) in Alaska, and the relationships between them and their prey. A classic work of wildlife science. Murie's detailed, thorough examination of the McKinley wolves and their prey set a standard not only for wolf studies, but for studies of all big predators.
  • WOLVES OF THE HIGH ARCTIC
    Author: Int'l Wolf Center
    Copyright:1992
    Publisher: Voyageur Press
    ISBN: 0-89658-222-1
    An elaborate photo essay on the white wolves of Ellesmere Island, with text by International Wolf Center experts.

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Coyotes and Other Canids

Being interested in wolves naturally leads to an interest in their relatives, the other canids. So, I have a few books about other canids too. Coyotes are interesting because unlike wolves, they've adjusted quite well to man and are even expanding their range.

  • CANINE CLAN, THE: A New Look at Man's Best Friend
    Author: McLoughlin, John C.
    Copyright:1983
    Publisher: Viking Press
    ISBN: 0-670-20264-9
    This is a well-written basic introduction to canids, including their origins, evolution, and the modern members of the clan.
  • EASTERN COYOTE: The Story of Its Success
    Author: Parker, Gerry
    Copyright:1995
    Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
    ISBN: 1-55109-111-9
    Coyotes have proven more adaptable to humans than their larger cousin. As humans have spread west, coyotes have spread east. Today they live in every state in the USA, even in major cities like New York and Chicago. Eastern coyotes are developing into a rather different breed than their ancestors: larger, somewhat more aggressive, and more dangerous. This book describes the development of the Eastern subspecies of coyote.
  • FOXES, WOLVES, AND WILD DOGS OF THE WORLD
    Author: Alderton, David
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Facts On File
    ISBN: 0-8160-2954-7
    A very good general overview of the different living canids, from wolves to foxes to the odd-dogs-out like the dhole and the aardwolf.
  • GOD'S DOG: The North American Coyote
    Author: Ryden, Hope
    Copyright:1979
    Publisher: Lyons & Burford
    ISBN: 1-55821-046-6

  • HOW TO SPOT A FOX
    Author: Henry, J. David
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: Chapters
    ISBN: 1-881527-17-4

  • SEASONS OF THE COYOTE
    Author: Harrison, Philip L.
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    ISBN: 0-06-258529-0
    A variety of articles from different authors about the American coyote.
  • WILD DOGS: THE WOLVES, COYOTES, AND FOXES OF NORTH AMERICA
    Author: Bauer, Erwin A.
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    ISBN: 0-8118-0405-4
    An overview of the wild canids of North America. Short on text, but Erwin Bauer is an extremely good wildlife photographer, and this book contains some of his best work.

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Domestic Dogs

Of course, you can't really be interested in wild canids for long without also getting interested in their domestic cousins. Especially not when you've spent much of your life around them. So I have a few books about domestic dogs:

  • DOGS ON THE CASE
    Author: Curtis, Patricia
    Copyright:1989
    Publisher: E. P. Dutton
    ISBN: 0-525-67274-5
    A survey of the many jobs that working dogs do in our society, from the powerful German Shepherds that work as police dogs to the friendly, innocuous little dogs of the USDA's Beagle Brigade. You probably know that dogs can guide disabled people, track fugitives, find drugs and other contraband, find people trapped in collapsed buildings or under snow avalanches. But did you know that dogs can also sniff out cases of arson, find lost people, find corpses in rough terrain or even underwater, or help enforce customs rules and regulations?
  • DOGS, SIMON & SCHUSTER'S GUIDE TO
    Author: Pugnetti, Gino
    Copyright:1980
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    ISBN: 0-671-25527-4
    A "field guide" to more than two hundred breeds of dog from around the world. Each entry has a photo of a typical member of the breed and a description of the breed standard and characteristics.
  • EMINENT DOGS, DANGEROUS MEN
    Author: McCaig, Donald
    Copyright:1991
    Publisher: Harper
    ISBN: 0-06-098114-8
    Scotland breeds better sheepherding dogs than anywhere else in the world, except perhaps for Australia. Scottish sheepdogs are famous all over the world; if you're looking for top-quality sheepdogs, you go to Scotland. Donald McCaig wanted a top-notch sheepdog to help his and his first sheepdog on his Virginia sheep ranch. This is the story of his trip to Scotland and his meetings with eminent dogs (who always do well in herding trials) and dangerous men (the best at training winning sheepherding dogs).
  • HISTORY OF DOGS IN THE EARLY AMERICAS
    Author: Schwartz, Marion
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Yale Univ. Press
    ISBN: 0-300-07519-7
    The title pretty much describes this book: it's a history of the role dogs played in Amerind societies before Europeans first came to the Americas.
  • JAMES HERRIOT'S DOG STORIES
    Author: Herriot, James
    Copyright:1986
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-312-90143-7
    James Herriot collected many stories of dogs, both his own and others, over his career as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales. This book contains his favorite dog stories. Many are funny. A few are sad. All are worth reading.
  • NOP'S TRIALS
    Author: McCaig, Donald
    Copyright:1984
    Publisher: Warner Books
    ISBN: 0-446-32641-0

  • RED FOX: THE CATLIKE CANINE
    Author: Henry, J. David
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: Smithsonian Institute
    ISBN: 1-56098-635-2
    A very good, extensive profile of the red fox. Extremely interesting, not only in the detailed observations of fox behavior but also in the methodical way that Henry went about answering some of his questions about why foxes behave in the ways that they do.
  • RUNNING NORTH: A Yukon Adventure
    Author: Cook, Ann Mariah
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Algonquin Books
    ISBN: 1-56512-253-4

  • SCHUTZHUND: Theory and Training Methods
    Author: Susan Barwig & Stewart Hilliard
    Copyright:1991
    Publisher: Howell Book House
    ISBN: 0-87605-731-8

  • TRUTH ABOUT DOGS, THE
    Author: Budiansky, Stephen
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Viking Press
    ISBN: 0-670-89272-6
    Domestic dogs occupy a curious place in human society and culture. Just on the surface, dogs appear to be almost parasitic on humans, taking food, shelter, medical care and returning little as payment. In this book, Stephen Budiansky goes into some depth about how this strange situation came to be: where dogs came from, how they evolved into the first of the many animals that humans have domesticated, and what roles they play in our lives today.

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