Suggested Reading List
Wolfer, A Memoir
Author: Carter Niemeyer
Description: From university trained wildlife biologist to government trapper to wolf advocate, here is a man who played a key role and experienced the recovery of the grey wolf in the west.....as seen from the trenches. Here's a balanced, authentic work that tells it like it is, from all points of view.
Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
Author: Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson
Description: Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.
To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone
Author: Mary Ann Franke
Description: The author brings clarity and revelation to one of Yellowstone's most complex struggles by tracing the history of bison and humans into the 19th century and further into the national parks era. Here's discussion of bison management and park policy - the battle over brucellosis, snowmobiles and groomed winter roads, desires of Native Americans, bison and predators.
Yellowstone's Ski Pioneers: Peril and Heroism on the Winter Trail
Author: Paul Schullery
Description: The book chronicles historic army winter ski patrols, wildlife stories and other ski adventures as protagonists tell their own stories. The author interprets the social climate and attitudes of the times to present Yellowstone in the 1870s and 80s when the nearest town was several days travel away and summer tourists were rare. Poachers were the area's primary winter visitors during an era when wildlife destruction was occurring throughout the American West. The book places the role of present-day park management in perspective. It interprets our history and explains how and why park policies have evolved and provides insight into wildlife conservation and policy and winter travel in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild
Author: James Halfpenny
Description: Color photographs of wolves in the wild meld with current studies, biology, reintroduction, history of packs, behavior, impacts on the ecosystem, eye-witness reports from scientists and wolf watchers. Here is the HOW and WHY of returning this key predator to Yellowstone. appendices detail the histories and social status of original packs and pack members, maps and more.
Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park
Author: Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf
Description: This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.
After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park
Author: Linda Wallace, Editor
Description: The ravaging fires of 1988 caused many scientists to predict long-term devastation which did not come to pass. This scientific summary by wildlife biologists, ecosystem and forest scientists and landscape ecologists discusses the many things that changed and did not change in the Yellowstone area. Realize the role of fire in the ecosystem and the resiliency of nature.
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country
Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas
Description: Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.
Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
Author: Paul Schullery
Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.