Wolf cubs were brought in from Canada and raised by Jim and his team until they were old enough to live on their own. To ensure the safety of the wolves, a fence was erected and Jim and his team provided food for them to keep the pack from wandering. Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived with the Sawtooth pack for six year, watching and recording their behaviour. Over the years, they gained the trust of the pack and what they observed looked nothing like the vicious animal of legend. But, throughout the book, the Dutchers give examples of similar behaviour from packs other observers have documented in the wild and from a distance.
The Dutchers provide a fascinating view of the behaviours of wolves that makes it clear that, not only are they similar to humans in many surprising ways but that we could learn a great deal from them.
By the end, I felt I knew and cared very deeply for the fate of the pack. They also show how important wolves are to the ecosystem. Thanks to Edelweiss and National Geographic for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review May 01, Jonathan Maas rated it it was amazing.
They represent freedom, and look great while howling on a T-shirt, right? Of course they are, but unfortunately, we live in a world hostile to wolves.
We get along with deer, and squirrels, and most of the time bigger herbivores like moose, but wolves and humans do not get along. They roam only small sections of the United States. When they escape their enclosures, there is conflict. This is not pure real life — the Dutchers are present with their wolves since they are pups, and bring their wolves food. These are not purely wild wolves. But it is perhaps the closest we can come to real observation in this day and age, and for that, we should be grateful.
In short, we learn that wolves have interesting dynamics. There is an alpha male and female — and it is up for debate who really leads the pack of the two — and everyone else plays a part. Wolves are interesting — they have grandparents and cousins, strangers and old friends. They communicate from great distances, and they spend a lot of time in play. Jun 14, Drew rated it it was amazing.
I think this book would have been moving on its own, even without the context of my reading it. Even with my prior knowledge that dogs evolved alongside humans, our shared social adaptations, the superhuman loyalty and reverence of a dog, I was still shocked at some of the stories from this book.
Obviously, the authors spent almost 2 decades with wolves and earned their trust, and no mistake, these are dangerous wild animals. But even so, once the trust was there, these researchers were able to have intimate interactions that seemed too impossible and dangerous to happen anywhere outside a fantasy world.
And within the pack itself, the stories of grief, play, joy, altruism, and complex social and emotional interactions were amazing. Even with my prior knowledge of the emotional intelligence of dogs, I had no idea just how emotionally and socially complex these creatures are. In the end, this book made me question whether humans deserve their self-proclaimed spot as the pinnacle of social and emotional intelligence.
If we could cooperate and care for each other the way these wild animals do, instinctively and with affection and a sense of community, we might be able to pull out of this tailspin.
I love learning about animals, regardless of the species. But how can you not love dogs' great-grandparents? The book is not written by biologists, behaviorists or scientists, but filmmakers documenting daily life at a wolf camp. You get to know the residents since they were pups, so it's not hard to love them. I can just say that I wish I had been there yes, I'd even be willing to forgo indoor plumbing for the love of wolves but, reading this, I feel like I was.
Also, I kind of want to go I love learning about animals, regardless of the species. Also, I kind of want to go hunting Feb 08, Shiban Willowface rated it it was amazing. This book was absolutely amazing. It was simply written, but that added to the charm of it.
I had so much fun learning about the sawtooth pack, and am excited to read the other books and see the documentaries by the Dutchers. I've always been a wolf-lover, but this really opened my eyes to just how similar we are.
Every member of the pack was essential to how it functioned, and I found myself mourning the death of beings I had never met. A wonderful read that will stay with me for a long time. Jun 18, Jessica Webb rated it really liked it Recommends it for: animal or nature lovers, wild life enthusiasts, anyone. Shelves: books-i-think-of-often , , books-i-would-like-to-own , favorites-to-recommend. Before I begin this review let me say that there have been a few times in my life where I have felt let down by my high school career guidance counselor.
I especially feel that way after reading this book. Why did she never mention National Geographic Photographer and the possibility of living with a wolf pack??? As Before I begin this review let me say that there have been a few times in my life where I have felt let down by my high school career guidance counselor. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
The stories are written by Jim and Jamie Dutcher who spent several years living in a yurt in a large enclosure in the Sawtooth Mountains with the wolf pack while observing and documenting pack behavior.
In other reviews I have seen readers criticize the stories because the pack was not a wild pack. The wolves were raised by the authors from birth so that they would accept and trust humans in their domain and not act differently to their presence in their habitat.
Still the intention of the authors was to document the pack culture and they share several stories from other sources of wild wolves behaving similarly, so I really didn't mind this aspect of the story so much. The book describes, through various stories, the inner workings of the pack and the personalities and characteristics of each pack member. Each chapter is titled with "a life lesson" and the chapter illustrates how the attributes of the wolf demonstrate that lesson.
As it happens, many of the qualities that make a wolf successful at being a wolf also represent the best in human nature. The stories were endearing and at times heartbreaking.
I enjoyed the information about wolves as a species and I enjoyed learning about their culture. It was also very interesting to learn of their reintroduction in the US and of the support and resistance it received. All in all it has inspired me to learn more about wolves and perhaps to move to a remote location and raise a pack of my own. FYI for those interested in this book: There is an audio version of this book available.
I almost borrowed it from my library, but the print version arrived first. I am sure this is a great audio book, but just so you know, this book is full of beautiful pictures of the pack that really lend to the atmosphere of the book. I feel really lucky that the print version came in before the audio book. Apr 18, Kathy rated it really liked it.
The more we know about wolves, the more we know about ourselves, and the more we can pass on to our children. This is the definition of wisdom. In such a hostile environment, what could have befallen a leader such as Kamots? He was always the one to investigate danger, and he would never have hesitated to put himself between a threat and his pack.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the pack. When we marginalize the older generations, we lose the experience — their ledger of mistakes, successes, and lessons learned. We lose the map of the past that could help us navigate our future.
If we truly cherish the young and let our elders be our teachers, we can break the cycle of ignorance and grow together. Wolves Purposefully avoid singing together in unison. Each wolf varies its pitch to achieve a perfect dissonance, perhaps to make the group sound more numerous. Whatever their reasons, the effect is beautiful. Dec 12, Ashley Rose rated it really liked it. They are also an assembly of individual personalities, private desires and goals and inner lives largely unknown.
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