The Journal of Wildlife Management
By Adrian Wydeven, Timber Wolf Alliance
Open discussions on wildlife management issues are important to the sound conservation of wildlife resources. The Real Wolf claims to attempt to dispel myths and tell the truth about wolves (mostly gray wolves [Canis lupus], but also reference to red wolves [Canis rufus] or eastern wolves [Canis lycaon]) across the world, in North America, and especially in the United States. In making their case, the authors seem to accept any data regardless of quality that support their case, but dismiss, deny, or ignore data that does not support their case.
My perspective on the book is rooted in my role as the head of the wolf recovery and management program for the state of Wisconsin from 1990 through 2013. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been a major benefit to conservation of wolves and other wildlife species. The listing for gray wolves was appropriate in 1974, and remained so until the late 1990s or early 2000s. To read full review.