"There is no other animal in human history like the wolf that has had to justify its existence. If it could read, the wolf would be happy this book has finally come along." ~ Harvey Jessup,former Director, Yukon Fish and Wildlife Branch
Using a combination of narrative non-fiction and easy-to-follow essays, Bob Hayes explores the natural history of the Yukon since the last ice age as seen through the eyes of the timber wolf. It describes the importance of the wolf as provider to native people, how it became a symbol of wilderness, and why the wolf has been as economically important as Klondike gold to Yukon governments during the 20th century.
The author studied three wolf control projects. He has found that aerial control has produced only short-term benefits for moose and caribou, and the government practice should end. The book raises compelling ideas about how we should manage hunting, and conserve one of the largest remaining tracts of untouched, complete wilderness on the continent.
†Wolves of the Yukon also describes how wolves were found and captured for study; their predation role on moose, caribou, and Dallís sheep populations; how ravens and grizzly bears affect wolf ecology; and the critical importance of wetlands to denning.
Bob Hayes was the Yukon wolf biologist for two decades and a member of the IUCN wolf specialist group for 10 years. His insights are based on some of the most extensive wild wolf research conducted in North America