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, behaviour, 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. The book is also extensively illustrated with black and white photos, line drawings, maps, and fifty colour plates.
Unrivalled in scope and comprehensiveness, Wolves will become the definitive resource on these extraordinary animals for scientists and amateurs alike.
Foreword / George Rabb
Chapter 1 - Wolf Social Ecology / L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani
Chapter 2 - Wolf Behavior: Reproductive, Social, and Intelligent / Jane M. Packard
Chapter 3 - Wolf Communication / Fred H. Harrington and Cheryl S. Asa
Chapter 4 - The Wolf as a Carnivore / Rolf O. Peterson and Paolo Ciucci
Chapter 5 - Wolf-Prey Relations / L. David Mech and Rolf O. Peterson
Chapter 6 - Wolf Population Dynamics / Todd K. Fuller, L. David Mech, and Jean Fitts Cochrane
Chapter 7 - The Internal Wolf: Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology / Terry J. Kreeger
Chapter 8 - Molecular Genetic Studies of Wolves / Robert K. Wayne and Carles Vilá
Chapter 9 - Wolf Evolution and Taxonomy / Ronald M. Nowak
Chapter 10 - Wolf Interactions with Non-prey / Warren B. Ballard, Ludwig N. Carbyn, and Douglas W. Smith
Chapter 11 - Restoration of the Red Wolf / Michael K. Phillips, V. Gary Henry, and Brian T. Kelly
Chapter 12 - Wolves and Humans / Steven H. Fritts, Robert O. Stephenson, Robert D. Hayes, and Luigi Boitani
Chapter 13 - Wolf Conservation and Recovery / Luigi Boitani
Appendix: Species Names Used in the Text
List of Contributors
"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 will undoubtedly become the standard work on wolves for academic and professional collections."
– Alvin Hutchinson, Library Journal
"Everything you wanted to know about wolves!"
"There is no single source that compiles more information about wolves, and this compendium will stimulate a new generation of field biologists to design studies to fill the many gaping holes in our understanding [...] For its price, this is a bargain of a book."
– Mark S. Boyce, Quarterly Review of Biology
"One of the best books ever published about any wild carnivore species. Its 13 chapters cover a great swathe of topics – social ecology, behaviour, reproduciton, communication, feeding ecology, predator-prey relationships, population dynamics, physiology, molecular genetics, evolution and taxonomy, interactions with non-prey species and with humans, and conservation."
– Nicholas Gould, International Zoo News
"This book, edited by two outstanding wolf biologists, is the first definitive work on the species since Mech's monograph in 1970. Its expert contributors deal with all aspects of wolf biology – social life, hunting, prowess, physiology, genetics, worldwide distribution, and relations with humans – and this is the place to find almost any fact you want about wolves."
– Stephen Mills, BBC Wildlife Magazine
"Wolves provides an outstanding overview of the biology and conservation of the species, delivering an up-to-date and unparalleled account of grey wolf biology [...] This is undoubtedly the most important book ever published on grey wolves. A heft volume, beautifully published, with many black and white photographs and quality colour plates, at a reasonable price [...] A must-have reference book for the carnivore biologist, boreal ecologist, landscape conservationist, behavioural ecologist, student of people-wildlife conflicts, and countless wolf lovers worldwide."
– Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Oryx
"[The book] provides one of the most extensive descriptions of the ecology of any mammal species in the world [...] [It] brings together research conclusions on any conceivable topic related to wolves, very useful either for the interested person or the biologist."
– John B. Theberge, Canadian Field Maturalist
"The book is a highly valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone who would like to know more about why living with wolves will continue to challenge us and provide perspective on our own ecosystem role."
– Astrid Vik Stronen, Ethology