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On the Trail of Wolves A British Adventure in the Wild West

By: Philippa Forrester(Author)
280 pages, 8 plates with colour photos (hardback only); 1 b/w map
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  • On the Trail of Wolves ISBN: 9781472972071 Paperback excludes plates Jan 2023 In stock
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Please note that only the hardback includes an 8-page photo plate section, this is omitted from the paperback.

Wolves fascinate us – they always have and always will – and with her new non-fiction narrative, author and TV presenter Philippa Forrester aims to help us understand the wolf better and learn its real place in modern America to try and gauge its future.

When Philippa and her family relocated to the wilds of Wyoming, the sound of wolves close to their new home fed her lifelong fascination. But as she settled into life in the US, she discovered many residents weren't happy to share their land with wolves.

Philippa listened to what locals have to say and travelled further from home to talk to rangers, conservationists, hunters and ranch owners to try and learn when and why opinions on wolves became so polarised.

It's now more than a decade since wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. To many, their reintroduction seemed like a victory. But what does the future hold for wolves in a land where many people resent they were ever there at all? How can ever-increasing human populations learn to live alongside large predators before we end up with a planet devoid of them?

In this captivating non-fiction narrative, Philippa trails wild wolves living within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem revealing what she learns about these beautiful wild animals from living among them, as she tries to make sense of the lies and rumours that are spread about wolves by those who seek to exterminate them again.


Map of The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Chapter 1. The Phantom Springs pack
Chapter 2. How close does a bear have to be before you spray him?
Chapter 3. Ken and Barbie
Chapter 4. A lone wolf
Chapter 5. On the Snake
Chapter 6. Wolves are a problem that won't go away
Chapter 7. Wolves are like Marmite
Chapter 8. Wrolf
Chapter 9. Fight or flight
Chapter 10. A moment in time
Chapter 11. I'm just another groupie
Chapter 12. The soap opera
Chapter 13. Elk curry and wolf talk
Chapter 14. The wolf watcher's surprise
Chapter 15. Hunting the hunter
Chapter 16. The wolf lady
Chapter 17. Another way
Chapter 18. Wolves up the arse
Chapter 19. Willow Creek Ranch
Chapter 20. Will the cow continue to live in the playhouse?
Chapter 21. Feeding apples to wolves
Chapter 22. In memoriam
Chapter 23. I love wolves and people
Chapter 24. At one point we lost the most calves in the lower 48
Chapter 25. Elk for breakfast

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Philippa Forrester's broadcasting career spans three decades of primetime TV including Robot Wars and Tomorrow's World. With her husband, she has also written and produced a string of award-winning science and nature documentaries for the BBC, Animal Planet and Discovery. Philippa has published three books and has degrees in English literature and Ecology and Conservation. She lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

By: Philippa Forrester(Author)
280 pages, 8 plates with colour photos (hardback only); 1 b/w map
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"A thoroughly engaging narrative."
– Mark Avery, Author of Inglorious

"Forrester conveys the mournful mystique of these animals and the loveliness of her adopted home with wise compassion."
– Philippa Williams, The Lady

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