Sign up today to join us for a discussion of Nate Blakelee’s American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West (2017) on Thursday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. Copies of the book will be available for registrants to borrow at the 2nd floor Information Desk.
Although the wolf was once a dominant species in North America, its numbers were decimated by hunting in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park in an effort to protect them. This book, written by journalist Nate Blakeslee, tells the story of one of the Yellowstone wolves, an alpha female known as O-Six. Born in 2006, O-Six was a member of the fourth generation of the reintroduced wolves. She became a Yellowstone celebrity as she led her pack and cared for the three litters she birthed. While conservationists revere O-Six and the other wolves, the presence of canis lupus causes controversy among hunters and ranchers. In telling O-Six’s story, Blakeslee considers the views of the humans who see the wolves as a threat, and others, such as naturalist Rick McIntyre, who are dedicated to their protection.
Event Type(s): Website Adult, Summer Reading Program