If you’re a hunter — and especially a western hunter — wolves and their impact, both real and perceived, on big game populations are never far from your mind. In The Real Wolf, authors Ted Lyon and Will N. Graves explore all the myths and misinformation and present the facts about the impact wolves have had, and are having, in modern times. Every chapter in the book has been meticulously researched and written by people with great expertise in the field who have studied wolves and their behavior for many years.
Contributors include Dr. Valerius Geist, one of the foremost experts on North American big game working today; Dr. Arthur T. Bergerud, a population ecologist and the world’s foremost expert on woodland caribou; Dr. Matthew A. Cronin, well-known environmental researcher and geneticist; Cat Urbigkit, an award-winning wildlife photographer and author; and Rob Arnaud, president of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. Author Ted Lyon is an attorney specializing in complex litigation and former member of both the Texas House of representatives and State Senate, while author Will N. Graves is a former member of the U.S. Air Force where he was a Russian linguist. To help him learn the language faster he began reading Russian wildlife magazines and books where wolves were often discussed, which in turn piqued his interested in wolves both there and in North America.
The book does not call for wolves to be eradicated, as many hunters want, nor does it call for wolves to be put on a pedestal and left to their own devices, as many liberal-leaning environmentalists want. Instead it calls for a new system of wildlife management that would allow wolves — which, for better or worse, are here to stay — to be managed along with wildlife as well as the needs of ranchers and farmers in a way that is sustainable.
Published by Skyhorse Publishing, this is a solid book and recommended for all who have skin in the game, like hunters. It’s available on www.amazon.com for less than 20 bucks.