"Carter Niemeyer is the Charles Kuralt of wildlife biology and wolf restoration. This book is filled with stories you won’t find anywhere else, folksy tales of struggle, hope and determination that helped bring the wolf back to the wild in America."
Carter Niemeyer, author
Carter Niemeyer has followed wolves – and captured many – since he helped reintroduce them in the Northern Rockies in the mid-1990s. In his second memoir, Wolf Land, he takes us across the rugged West as he tracks wolves, shares in their lives, and seeks middle ground for these iconic animals, both on the land and in our hearts.
Niemeyer was one of the key people involved with the reintroduction of wolves into the Northern Rockies—most notably Yellowstone in the mid-1990s. This engaging memoir of his experiences as a head wolf manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service picks up where his first memoir, Wolfer, left off. That earlier work was a more straightforward narrative of his development from a young trapper and wildlife manager to a wolf preservationist; this title is a more impressionistic—although informative—look at what followed after the wolves were reintroduced, as each chapter recounts a specific event during his time working with the government and local farmers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. A chapter on the Rose Creek Wolves is a fascinating look at the beginnings of the wolf-trapping program in Alberta and the daring of Wolf #9 in seeking her mate and pups while avoiding capture. Another chapter on the Phantom Hill wolves is a hard look at the misconceptions that still exist about wolves and how “people seemed to be at least fifty percent of any problem a wolf encounters.” (BookLife)
Tom Knudson, journalist