Wolves in the Land of Salmon
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Wolves. We love them, idolize them, and are fascinated by them. We also hate them, fear them, and blame them. The wolf's relationship with humans is complex and can be emotionally wrought, depending on whether one is a hunter, rancher, or animal lover.
Wolves in the Land of Salmon is nature writing at its best. Vivid imagery and a sense of wonder bring the text alive and help the reader understand exactly what it means to be a wolf. David Moskowitz's training as a wildlife tracker gives him insider knowledge he generously shares with the hope that with greater understanding comes new perspective.
The daring photography provides the first significant portrait of these charismatic animals west of the Cascades and the British Columbia Coast Range. His accounts of young wolves at play, and the stories that shed light on the psychological power wolves have across cultures and generations, make this a true wilderness adventure.
Cascades ecosystem. As the Lookout pack was establishing itself on the periphery of the North Cascades, signs of wolves were beginning to pop up again deep in one of the most remote and rugged sections of these mountains. THE HOZOMEEN WOLVES Wolf tracks in the mud, large and nearly unmistakable—I smiled at the discovery and began to follow the trail. I moved along what I anticipated was the route the wolf had traveled across the lakebed, occasionally picking up a track in the mud between
species with large geographic distributions, with large mammals, including wolves, being more prone to fit the model than smaller ones. At an awe-inspiring five and a half feet from nose to tip of tail for males, wolves in the Pacific Northwest are predictably about average in size compared to the distinctly larger wolves of Alaska and northern Canada and smaller wolves of the desert Southwest and Mexico. As with many carnivores, wolves are sexually dimorphic—males are slightly larger than
instance, female moose who have had a calf killed by wolves show significantly increased vigilance and abandonment of their feeding site when exposed to wolf howling, wolf scent, or even raven calls compared to moose in areas where wolves are absent. Studies from Yellowstone National Park noted a change in the locations where wolves killed elk since the initial years of reintroduction, with parts of the landscape clearly becoming important hunting grounds and others clear refuges from predation.
largest muscle groups. Little hair, skin, or bone is consumed, and the resulting scat is runny and loose. Clearly the pack had made another kill since the deer we had inspected. We stalked down into the meadow which we had located on the map earlier, a vast circular grassland stretching more than four miles across and bisected by several islands of trees. Through binoculars we made out a large herd of elk on the far eastern edge of the meadow and several pairs of sandhill cranes. According to
this area. On my drive and ferry ride over, I was struck that the islands are similar in feel to the more populated San Juan Islands which span the northern portion of Puget Sound between Vancouver Island and Washington State. On a sunny July day, Mense took me out to a previous rendezvous location of Cortes Island’s resident wolf pack. Perched on a bluff that drops off steeply toward the sound below, covered with manzanita and madrone, this was an entirely different environment than I had ever