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The Wolverine Way

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ISBN13: 9780979065972
ISBN10: 0979065976
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Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains… The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a shrinking wilderness and global warming, the future of the wolverine is uncertain. The Wolverine Way reveals the natural history of this species and the forces that threaten its future, engagingly told by Douglas Chadwick, who volunteered with the Glacier Wolverine Project. This five-year study in Glacier National Park – which involved dealing with blizzards, grizzlies, sheer mountain walls, and other daily challenges to survival – uncovered key missing information about the wolverine’s habitat, social structure and reproduction habits. Wolverines, according to Chadwick, are the land equivalent of polar bears in regard to the impacts of global warming. The plight of wolverines adds to the call for wildlife corridors that connect existing habitat that is proposed by the Freedom to Roam coalition.





"The Wolverine Way" reveals the fascinating natural history of the wolverine, and the habitat threats that it faces.

About the Author

A wildlife biologist who studied mountain goats and grizzlies in the Rockies, Doug Chadwick began writing about natural history and conservation for national magazines. On assignments from Siberia to the Congo River’s headwaters, he has produced several hundred popular articles and ten books. He is also the vice chair of the board of Vital Ground, a nonprofit land trust that has helped safeguard more than 600,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Alaska, Canada, and the western US.

Table of Contents

Prologue. A chance encounter with an Alaskan miner who tangled with a wolverine leaves the adolescent author shaken, but asking himself who runs into wolverines anyway.

1) A Personality of Unmeasured Force. Skip forward several decades: the book starts with a snarling wolverine caught in a live trap for research. Thus begins the author’s story of what may just be the toughest animal, pound-for-pound, in the world. The chapter fills in the basics: why wolverines and why now?
2) Yate the Indefatigable. This chapter continues the encounter with the wolverine in the first chapter. It also provides the background of the study and adds detail about the setting and the principal investigator Rick Yates.
3) Country Radio. Chapter 3 gives the reader a sense of a day in the life of a wolverine researcher as well as more information on the project as a whole.
4) Risks, Rewards and Southern Polar Bears. Global warming will have a dramatic effect on wolverines, whose population numbers and habitat range have already shrunk dramatically. This chapter pulls the reader into these critical challenges and the lack of solid information wildlife managers have on wolverines’ habitat needs.
5) Savage. A profile of volunteer veterinarian Dan Savage. A climber, avid vertical backcountry skier, and wilderness explorer, he embodies the kind of rugged individuality and determination that pervades the study team.
6) The Glutton. Background on the species' evolution, physiology and current management: all about wolverines now that we've met a few.
7) A Stranger’s Sojourn. Doug’s background and motivations leading into several lighter stories about fieldwork.
8) Good Mother Wolverine. Good mother wolverine… and good father: a discovery that parent wolverines are unique in their “shared custody” care of their young.
9) Kwi’kwa’ju. Wolverines and humans: first encounters, history of trapping, poisoning, predator eradication efforts, and US Population numbers.
10) Why We Go A-Wolverining. A silent ski and reflection after nine chapters of fieldwork and adventure.
11) Copeland and Socks. Copeland and the origins of research on the animals.
12) Growing Up Gulo: The Brothers. Tracking individual wolverines, two brothers, and their fate through field notes: an attempt to bring the reader into the field alongside the author.
13) Growing Up Gulo: The Sisters. The daily lives and fate of two young females, the younger sisters of the brothers of the previous chapter, born into this high, untamed mountain world the year before.
14) Wolverines From a Recliner. Captive wolverines and what they tell us about wild wolverines and the surprising capacities of this species.
15) Mr. Bad-Ass Himself. More detail on wolverines, but focused on the baddest-ass wolverine and the gentlest wild wolverine; a conclusion to the field research.
16) A Natural Selection of Ideas. What is threatening wolverines: management laws, and traditional ideas of parks and reserves.
17) Freedom to Roam. An essay on Freedom to Roam, and a good-bye to F4.
Epilogue. Where are the people and the wolverines now.

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burrski, May 13, 2010 (view all comments by burrski)
Boreal forests are the largest, and the Wolverine is as little understood as these forests it inhabits. As a fellow author writing about boreal wildlife I'm delighted to see Doug's book. Doug helped me count Mountain Goats in Olympic National Park, 30 some years ago when their population exploded on my sub-district. Having followed his writing career since then, I know his information is as authentic,as his journalism style is readable. This retired national park ranger therefore highly recommends this book to all those who enjoy snow country and are concerned with its restoration.
- Eric Burr, in the North Cascades
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Chadwick, Douglas
Chadwick, Douglas H.
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Animals - Mammals
Nature Studies-Mammals
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