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Red wolves are shy, elusive, and misunderstood predators. Until the 1800s, they were common in the longleaf pine savannas and deciduous forests of the southeastern United States. However, habitat degradation, persecution, and interbreeding with the coyote nearly annihilated them. Today, reintroduced red wolves are found only in peninsular northeastern North Carolina within less than 1 percent of their former range. In The Secret World of Red Wolves, nature writer T. DeLene Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration. Her engaging exploration of this top-level predator traces the intense effort of conservation personnel to save a species that has slipped to the verge of extinction.
Beeland weaves together the voices of scientists, conservationists, and local landowners while posing larger questions about human coexistence with red wolves, our understanding of what defines this animal as a distinct species, and how climate change may swamp its current habitat.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Part I. The Red Wolf Today
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Red Wolves of the Albemarle Peninsula
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. 2. A Morning at Sandy Ridge
  2. pp. 16-28
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  1. 3. The Search for Spring’s Pups
  2. pp. 29-42
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  1. 4. Howling Summer Nights
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. 5. Tracking and Trapping in the Fall
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. 6. Winter’s Bite
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. 7. People of the Albemarle Peninsula
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Part II. The Red Wolf Yesterday
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 8. Tracing the Origins of Red Wolves
  2. pp. 105-123
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  1. 9. “Dogs of the Woods” and Their Decline
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. 10. A Biologist’s Zeal for Recovery
  2. pp. 142-156
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  1. 11. Wild Island Adventures
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. 12. North Carolina’s Reborn Native Wolf
  2. pp. 165-196
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  1. Part III. The Red Wolf Tomorrow
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. 13. The Long Road Ahead
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. 14. A Dire Threat from the Sea
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469608082
Related ISBN
9781469601991
MARC Record
OCLC
847610349
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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