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The interactions between apex predators and their prey are some of the most awesome and meaningful in natureand#151;displays of strength, endurance, and a deep coevolutionary history. And there is perhaps no apex predator more impressive and important in its huntingand#151;or more infamous, more misjudgedand#151;than the wolf. Because of wolvesand#8217; habitat, speed, and general success at evading humans, researchers have faced great obstacles in studying their natural hunting behaviors. The first book to focus explicitly on wolf hunting of wild prey, Wolves on the Hunt seeks to remedy these gaps in our knowledge and understanding.

Combining behavioral data, thousands of hours of original field observations, research in the literature, a wealth of illustrations, andand#151;in the e-book edition and onlineand#151;video segments, the authors create a compelling and complex picture of these hunters. The wolf is indeed an adept killer, able to take down prey much larger than itself. While adapted to hunt primarily hoofed animals, a wolfand#151;or especially a pack of wolvesand#151;can kill individuals of just about any species. But even as wolves help drive the underlying rhythms of the ecosystems they inhabit, their evolutionary prowess comes at a cost: wolves spend one third of their time huntingand#151;the most time-consuming of all wolf activitiesand#151;and success at the hunt only comes through traveling long distances, persisting in the face of regular failure, detecting and taking advantage of deficiencies in the physical condition of individual prey, and through ceaseless trial and error, all while risking injury or death.and#160;and#160;

By describing and analyzing the behaviors wolves use to hunt and kill various wild preyand#151;including deer, moose, caribou, elk, Dall sheep, mountain goats, bison, muskoxen, arctic hares, beavers, and othersand#151;Wolves on the Hunt provides a revelatory portrait of one of natureand#8217;s greatest hunters.

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For animal lovers, nature lovers, environmentalists, and especially dog lovers, this book shares the new understanding gained by six years of the authors' living intimately with wild wolves. Created to complement a traveling exhibition that makes its debut at Chicago's Field Museum in March 2013, it will also appeal to those unable to see the show.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher, award-winning natural history filmmakers, adopted and raised three generations of gray wolves, living close to them in a 26-acre confined area in the Idaho wilderness. The lessons they learned from the Sawtooth Pack, as the wolves came to be called, inform this book and its passionate arguments advocating not only the reintroduction but the protection, respect, and even admiration for this much maligned animal whose descendants are the dogs we call our best friends. Remarkable, intimate photographs and stories share the Dutchers' vision and mission.

About the Author

JIM DUTCHER is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer whose extraordinary camerawork has led audiences into places never before filmed: inside beaver lodges, down burrows to peek at wolf pups, and into the secret life of a mother mountain lion. His work includes the National Geographic special, A Rocky Mountain Beaver Pond, and ABC World of Discovery's two highest-rated films, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies, and Wolf: Return of a Legend. JAMIE DUTCHER, Jim's wife and co-producer, has worked in the animal hospital of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., bringing her knowledge of animal husbandry and medical care to film and enabling her to quickly gain access to the sensitive and secret inner lives of wolves. The author lives in Idaho.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Wolf as a Killing Machine

Chapter 1and#8212;White-Tailed Deer

Chapter 2and#8212;Moose

Chapter 3and#8212;Caribou

Chapter 4and#8212;Elk

Chapter 5and#8212;Mountain Sheep and Goats

Chapter 6and#8212;Bison

Chapter 7and#8212;Musk Oxen

Chapter 8and#8212;Miscellaneous Prey

Conclusion

Appendix: List of Scientific Names of Birds and Mammals Mentioned

Literature Cited

Index

A Note on Accompanying Videos by Robert K. Landis

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stu, September 10, 2013 (view all comments by stu)
Though I have not read the book in full, I have followed their lives with these wolves, over the years. This couple is exemplary in the field of wholehearted and passionate wolf conservation. I tip my hat to them and to be sure, will be soon purchasing my own copy of this book which will be held in high esteem, along side of a copy of an almost 75 year old wildlife book I treasured as a small child.
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mother wolf, May 2, 2013 (view all comments by mother wolf)
Jim and Jamie Dutcher are not experts on wolves. It's only the references from the real experts that give them the insight to write this book. Their treatment of the Sawtooth pack was dubious at best. They filmed a wolf pup from the Sawtooth pack separately, and when they were done with that project they just walked away leaving this animal with no place to go. Passing off the responsibility of that wolfs future in the hands of others with the possibility of euthanizing it. Fortunately these folks were able to care for this animal and give it a good home. This is a true recorded occurrence and not just rumor. Ask why the Sawtooth pack was taken in by the Nez Perce? They developed an entire program for these wolves and were put on the reservation. This is just a few examples of his egocentric determination to be an accredited film maker and not an animal activist as he portrays. I have no respect for him or his bogus concern for animals. If more people knew what he does behind the scenes to accomplish his goals they would never have anything to do with any of his work.
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mother wolf, May 2, 2013 (view all comments by mother wolf)
Jim and Jamie Dutcher are not experts on wolves. It's only the references from the real experts that give them the insight to write this book. Their treatment of the Sawtooth pack was dubious at best. They filmed a wolf pup from the Sawtooth pack separately, and when they were done with that project they just walked away leaving this animal with no place to go. Passing off the responsibility of that wolfs future in the hands of others with the possibility of euthanizing it. Fortunately these folks were able to care for this animal and give it a good home. This is a true recorded occurrence and not just rumor. Ask why the Sawtooth pack was taken in by the Nez Perce? They developed an entire program for these wolves and were put on the reservation. This is just a few examples of his egocentric determination to be an accredited film maker and not an animal activist as he portrays. I have no respect for him or his bogus concern for animals. If more people knew what he does behind the scenes to accomplish his goals they would never have anything to do with any of his work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781426210129
Author:
Dutcher, Jim
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
MacNulty, Daniel R.
Author:
Manfull, James
Author:
Smith, Douglas W.
Author:
Frink, Teresa
Author:
MacNulty, Daniel
Author:
Kurrus, Jeff
Author:
Dutcher, Jamie
Author:
Mech, L. David
Author:
Redford, Robert
Subject:
Animals - Foxes
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 color photographs
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
9 x 9.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , For animal lovers, nature lovers, environmentalists, and especially dog lovers, this book shares the new understanding gained by six years of the authors' living intimately with wild wolves. Created to complement a traveling exhibition that makes its debut at Chicago's Field Museum in March 2013, it will also appeal to those unable to see the show.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher, award-winning natural history filmmakers, adopted and raised three generations of gray wolves, living close to them in a 26-acre confined area in the Idaho wilderness. The lessons they learned from the Sawtooth Pack, as the wolves came to be called, inform this book and its passionate arguments advocating not only the reintroduction but the protection, respect, and even admiration for this much maligned animal whose descendants are the dogs we call our best friends. Remarkable, intimate photographs and stories share the Dutchers' vision and mission.

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