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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

"In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, author Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America"............ "It is also our own history, seen through our relationship with wolves"................ "The earliest Americans revered them"............ "Settlers zealously exterminated them"............. "Now, scientists, writers, and ordinary citizens are fighting to bring them back to the wild"............. "Peterson, an eloquent voice in the battle for twenty years, makes the powerful case that without wolves, not only will our whole ecology unravel, but we'll lose much of our national soul"................Available on and through other booksellers

We are excited to announce the publication of Wolf Nation: The Life, Death,
and Return of Wild American Wolves by prolific natural history author Brenda

Merging science, history, and memoir, Wolf Nation tells of the
centuries-long battle to save America's wild wolves. In a narrative
spanning 300 years, Peterson tells what is ultimately a positive and
inspiring tale that begins with zealous extermination by western settlers,
but ends with the successful reintegration of wolves into Yellowstone National Park.

Wolf Nation is an emotionally powerful work that weaves together the stories of specific wolves, and the scientists, ranchers, and activists who are fighting for them.

Peterson has written eighteen books, including Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and theFuture of Wolves in North America. Her work has also appeared in the NewYork Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and she hascontributed commentary on animal and environmental issues to Seattle NPR
stations and for The Huffington Post.

Wolf Nation has received early, enthusiastic praise:

"Read this gorgeous, mind-blowing book and prepare to become an ardentadvocate for co-existence with animals who turn out to be more like us thanmost people would have dared imagine." – Sy Montgomery, Soul of an Octopus

"You will never look at wolves in the same way after reading this
outstanding and compassionate book." – Marc Bekoff, Wild Justice: TheMoral Lives of Animals and The Animal's Agenda

About Brenda Peterson

Through her work as a novelist and nature writer, Peterson’s curiosity about and respect for nature radiates through her 17 books, which range from her first memoir Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals, chosen as a “Best Spiritual Book of 2001,” to three novels, one of which, Duck and Cover, was chosen by New York Times as Notable Book of the Year. Her new memoir, I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth was selected by The Christian Science Monitoramong the Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010.
Her novels include Animal Heart (Sierra Club Books) and River of Light (Knopf), as well asBecoming the Enemy (Graywolf Press). Her nonfiction books include Living by Water and the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale’s Mysterious Journey. These works established Peterson as a prominent creative nonfiction writer, extensively profiled in the reference work America’s Nature Writers.   Peterson’s bestselling anthology Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals is often taught in university courses. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous national newspapers, journals, and magazines, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, Christian Science Monitor, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Utne Reader.
Peterson lives in Seattle. For the past two decades, she has studied and written about animals, especially marine mammals and wolves. She is the founder of the Seattle-based grassroots conservation group Seal Sitters. Since 1993 she has contributed environmental commentary to NPR and is a frequent commentator to The Huffington Post. See her blog and website for online links. Her new picture book, Leopard and Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups, was published by Henry Holt for Young Readers and was a 2013 winner of National Science Teacher's Association "Outstanding Science Books for K-12." Her new novel, The Drowning World, part of her fantasy/sci-fi Aquantis Series begun with Animal Heart, is just out in ebook and paperback from Ingram and Espresso Book Machine Network.

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