The conservation of gray wolves in the western U.S. has been an uphill battle for years, but it remains that this keystone predator is essential to the health of an ecosystem. As in the case of this book, sometimes it takes a personal narrative to understand this fraught issue. Blakeslee follows the life and death of the magnificent Yellowstone alpha female O-Six as she raises her pups, escapes harrowing brushes with hunters, and pulls off extraordinary hunting feats. Keenly observed and beautifully written, this moving story illustrates just how much wolves and humans have in common– and why we are still fighting to save them.
–Marissa, Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR