Books About Wolves

I’ve been asked for recommendations of books for learning about wolves. Here are some you should consider, listed in order of date of publication. All are available on Amazon and should be in stock or available for order through your favorite independent book store.

I update this list regularly, so please check back.

I’d love to read comments from you about these books or ones that you like and that I did not list.

In Wolf Country: The Power and Politics of Reintroduction 
Jim Yuskavitch (2015) 
The story of the first wolves that dispersed from reintroduced areas in Idaho and re-colonized the Pacific Northwest.

The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America's Predators 
Cristina Eisenberg (2014)
Eisenberg argues for the necessity of top predators such as wolves, and how a continental-long corridor—a “carnivore way”—provides the room they need to roam.

Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten 
Trisha Speed Shaskan (author), Gerald Claude Guerlais (Illustrator) (2014)
Children’s book. The famous story as told from the wolf’s point of view.

A Wolf Called Romeo 
Nick Jans (2014)
The true story of the black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska.

The Killing of Wolf Number Ten: The True Story 
Thomas McNamee (2014)
Tells the story of the release of wolves into Yellowstone, the shooting of Wolf 10, and the hunt for the wolf’s killer.

Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West 
Bryce Andrews (2014)
This memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision describes life on a ranch just over the border from Yellowstone.

In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter’s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone 
Rick Lamplugh (2013) 
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my book. See the links below for a copy from Amazon or a signed copy from me.

Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal 
Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman (2013)
Haber’s fieldwork registered as one of the longest studies in wildlife science and provided exceptional insights into wolf behavior.

Wild Wolves We Have Known: Stories of Wolf Biologists’ Favorite Wolves 
Richard Thiel, Allison Thiel, and Marianne Strozewski (editors) (2013) 
Wolf experts from the U.S., Canada, and Europe (David Mech, Rick McIntyre, Doug Smith, Rolf Peterson, and many more) share stories of remarkable wolves.

The Hidden Life of Wolves 
Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher (2013) 
Delve into wolf photography by the Dutchers, a couple who spent years living with a pack of wolves at the edge of Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness.

Wolves in the Land of Salmon 
David Moskowitz (2013)
Moskowitz helps us understand exactly what it means to be a wolf. His training as a wildlife tracker gives him insider knowledge he shares. Includes photos.

Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country 
Aimee Lyn Eaton (2013)
Tracks the events and emotions that unfolded when wolves that had been reintroduced elsewhere came to Oregon.

The Homeward Wolf 
Kevin Van Tighem (2013) 
About the wolves of Alberta by a writer who has studied Canadian wildlife and habitat for almost 40 years. 

In The Shadow of a Rainbow: The True Story of a Friendship Between Man and Wolf 
Robert Franklin Leslie (2013) 
The story (as told to the author) about the friendship of a young Tmishan Indian of British Columbia and a female alpha wolf.

The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf 
T. DeLene Beeland (2013)
Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft a portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration.

Alphie, A Yellowstone Wolf Pup 
Brian A. Connolly with sketches by George Bumann (2013)
Filled with wolf facts and sketches that offers an accessible introduction to wolves for kids and adults.

Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone 
Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson (2012) 
Written by an award-winning writer and the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, this definitive and updated book recounts the years since the wolves’ return to Yellowstone.

Wolfer: A Memoir 
Carter Niemeyer (2012)
From his early years as a trapper to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction, Niemeyer reveals how he went from trapper to wolf advocate.

The Wolf's Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity 
Christina Eisenberg (2011) 
Explores the essential role of wolves and other predators in regulating ecosystems.

Wolves of Cocolalla: Wolf Love Stories 
Bill Taylor (2011) 
The author has worked with wolves for 20 years and shares stories of love, happiness, and sadness about wolves.

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation 
L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani (editors) (2007)
Many of the world's leading wolf experts provide coverage of just about everything you could want to know about wolves.

Vicious: Wolves and Men in America
Jon T. Coleman (2006)
In this history of wolves in America, and of the humans who have hated and loved them, Coleman investigates the violent and controversial relationship between the two species.

Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild 
Renee Askins (2004)
Askins recounts her fifteen-year campaign to ensure that her dream of restoring wolves to Yellowstone would come true.

The Wolf Who Cried Boy 
Bob Hartman  (author), Tim Raglin (illustrator) (2004)
Children’s book. A fun twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild 
James C. Halfpenny (2003)
Spectacular color photos of Yellowstone National Park's wild wolves plus eye-witness stories from park scientists and wolf watchers.

The Ninemile Wolves 
Rick Bass  (2003)
Follows the fate of the first known group of wolves to attempt to settle in Montana outside protected national park territory.

Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains 
Christopher Camuto (2000)
Explores the Great Smoky Mountains, including the attempted restoration of the red wolf to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig 
Eugene Trivizas's (author) and Helen Oxenbury's (illustrator) (1997)
Children’s book. A witty and skewed version of the traditional tale.

Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance 
Rolf Peterson (1995) 
Reveals some of the secrets and details of the one-of-a-kind study of wolves on Isle Royale.

Of Wolves and Men 
Barry Holstun Lopez )1979) 
Lopez's classic study of the interactions between wolves and humans went on to improve the way books about wild animals are written.

In the Temple of Wolves

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  1. I am very interested in your book and have put it on a "wish list" for Christmas! What do you think about the Todd Wilkinson book Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone?

  2. I have not yet read Wilkinson's book, but he is an accomplished writer and the book is well reviewed. I have read and quoted from another book that I do recommend: Yellowstone Bears in the Wild by Dr. James Halfpenny. I hope this helps.


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