Synopses & Reviews
His plan was to stay in Iowa, maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper a killer $#151; into a champion of wolves.
"In this colorful memoir, Niemeyer explores a life shaped by wolves, suspicious ranchers, intrepid trappers, other extraordinary characters, and convoluted politics. 'Wolves had a way of working their way into my life,' Niemeyer writes, 'like a worm through an apple. They are just animals, of course, but they have a way of making people nuts, and for that matter, attracting nutty people.' A government expert who reintroduced endangered gray wolves to the West, Niemeyer works day and night to become a revered wildlife expert and develop a real understanding of the often unjustly maligned wolf. Among the book's many engaging anecdotes are stories about grinding up prairie dogs for bait, flea treatments for trappers, and capturing a dart-gunned grizzly. Niemeyer's cogent tale is full of empathy, and his adventures and the mind-boggling challenges he faces will rivet readers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Carter Niemeyer is an Iowa native and a biologist with two degrees from Iowa State University. He worked 26 years for USDA Animal Damage Control in Montana where he was a trapper, a district supervisor, and the West's wolf management specialist. He retired in 2006 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the federal wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho.