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Wolves hold an almost mythical status in the cultural history of Europe and North America. For hundreds of years, they have been the subject of fairy tales and other lore, embodying mystery, cunning, and sometimes threat. People are drawn to their beauty, intrigued by their behaviours. Yet for those who live in close proximity to wolves, coexistence is fraught with many serious issues. Wolf management is an excellent model of human-nature interaction and the challenges that come along with it.
This book analyses the crucial relationship between human ethics, attitudes, and policy and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America. The contributors to this volume assert that these human dimensions affect wolf survival just as much, if not more, than the physical environment. Contributors include recognised scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings. The book includes colour photographs by David C Olson and drawings by wildlife artist Susan Shimeld.
Introduction; Wolf Management Across Europe: Species Conservation without Boundaries; Ecological & Social Constraints of Wolf Recovery in Spain; Gray Wolf Conservation in the Great Lakes Region of the United States; The Art of Wolf Restoration in the Northwestern United States: Where to Now?; Ethical Reflections on Wolf Recovery & Conservation: A Practical Approach for Making Room for Wolves; Compensation & Non-Lethal Deterrent Programs: Building Tolerance for Wolf Restoration in the Rockies; Education as a Conservation Strategy: Exploring Perspective Transformation; Working with People to Achieve Wolf Conservation in Europe & North America; Index.