Wolf Island, a new book about the Wolf-Moose study

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Wolf Island, a new book about the Wolf-Moose study

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Wolf Island, a book by L. David Mech and Greg Breining about the early days of the wolf-moose study on IR. Out in Oct. https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-divisio ... olf-island
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I finished Wolf Island. The book recounts the early days of the Wolf-Moose study on IR through the eyes of L. David Mech, the first researcher to do the study. It is also somewhat of a historical narrative about life on IR in the early days of the Park. Mech gets his start from his undergraduate days at Cornell assisting with a black bear study in NY. He is introduced to Durwood Allen, from Purdue who is looking for a grad student to begin the study. The book offers insight into how the process for doing Winter Study begins and their approach to following the wolves and moose. It also relates his work during summer. Initially, he is based at Wright Island in Malone Bay. Eventually the Summer study is moved to its current location across from Daisy Farm. The book relates early inhabitants before the moose and wolves such as lynx and caribou. I don't want to give too much of the book away. Rolf Peterson writes the Forward and David Mech gives accolades to all the work and findings from the work by Rolf Peterson, at the end of the book. I thought the book was well done, it was actually written by Greg Breinning who did a book about paddling around Lake Superior.
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Looks like a book I'd like to read on the island next summer.
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My local library has this book. I'm #2 on a wait list for it. The other Mech books are worth the read!
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Picked it up yesterday
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I just finished reading the book -- savoring it over about a week. A really nice memoir, written so that it's easy to picture the wolf-moose interactions, as well as life on the island 60 years ago.
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Thought some might be interested in this:
L. David Mech and Greg Breining will host a virtual event with The Raptor Center on Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of their new book, Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal. Dr. Victoria Hall from The Raptor Center will offer an introduction, followed by a moderated conversation between co-writer Greg Breining and Dr. Mech. There will be time for Q&A from the audience as well. Please register to receive the virtual event information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience ... 0e4eD-5o_A
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I ordered the book. Hoping to read it on the island this year. How heavy is the hard cover?? ...haha :D :shock: :mrgreen:
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thesneakymonkey wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:04 am I ordered the book. Hoping to read it on the island this year. How heavy is the hard cover?? ...haha :D :shock: :mrgreen:
You could drill holes in the back and cover.
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My plan was to wait until summer and read it on the island, but after having the book for a week, I couldn't resist any longer.

Of course, I might re-read it on the island...
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