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With passion and a personal flair, the Dutchers once again roll out an intimate story about wolves. Drawing upon their deep knowledge gained from countless hours spent with the Sawtooth wolf pack, Jim and Jamie relate rarely seen wolf behaviors, even emotions, connecting them to wild wolf packs which helps interpret what is observed in places like Yellowstone and Denali national parks. Written by each of them in alternating chapters, they reveal much too about their story and how their love of wolves and each other came to be.
There is only one way to really understand animal behaviour, and that is to spend months and months patiently observing and learning not just about them, but from them. As I did with the chimpanzees. And Jim and Jamie Dutcher have done just that, living for years with the wolves of the Sawtooth Pack in a tented camp in the Idaho wild. In this compelling book they share with us the insights gained by hours and hours of study, providing us with a window through which we can learn about the world of a family of wolves. If you ever doubted that wolves have rich emotional lives those doubts will be swept away as you read about the close bonds between the members of this pack, how they care for each other, and how they cooperate. In many ways they are like us: clearly they experience emotions of joy and grief and suffering just as we do. They are so intelligent, so in harmony with the natural world that they have much to teach us. How tragic that the wolf, ancestor of the domestic dogs with whom we share our lives, is so misunderstood. I believe that this book, so compelling in its authenticity, will help you understand why I feel shocked and saddened by the way that wolves are misunderstood and persecuted. And you will, I am sure, want to join the fight to protect them.
“I wanted to let you know that I love this website and especially the student materials! I also have your book Living with Wolves and it is my favorite wolf book. I appreciate all you do for wolves, as they are my favorite animal and I have loved them since childhood. I can’t imagine how anyone could hurt them like they do, it’s cruel. I can’t stand when people hunt them as well, it is horrible. Please keep up your good work! It is helping wolves!"
“I learn so much from you. Thank you all at Living with Wolves. I am grateful you guys aren’t afraid to highlight the more complicated things and have the knowledge to explain many more of the factors rather than the narrow picture we are often presented with by the media and others.” -Autumn, Ohio