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The wolves of Denali

The wolves of Denali

L. David Mech

226 pages, parution le 23/07/2003


The definitive study of this important wolf community.
Hunting caribou, Dall sheep, and moose in the shadow of Mount McKinley, the wolves of Alaska's Denali National Park form one of the largest protected populations in the world. Relatively unmolested by humans, Denali wolves have flourished in this massive and beautiful wilderness. For over nine years these wolves have been the subject of intense research by a group of renowned scientists led by L. David Mech. The results of their work provide the most comprehensive study on a population of wolves and their prey ever available, now made public in this accessible and fascinating book.

The Wolves of Denali is the story of more than thirty wolf packs monitored for nine years. Using aerial radio tracking, Mech and his colleagues monitored 147 individual wolves. In order to explore the interactions between wolves and caribou, the authors also simultaneously tracked 653 individual caribou following the herds around Denali park.

From this remarkable research comes a vivid portrait of the Denali wolf and its prey. Written in an engaging manner and extensively illustrated, the authors explore everything from pack competition for space and food, to the story of individual wolves fighting each other or dispersing hundreds of miles. The Wolves of Denali provides important new information for researchers and general readers, and will appeal to wolf enthusiasts across the world.

"As an interesting, readable picture of dynamic interactions among subarctic wolves, their prey, and the environment, this book is a success."

Journal of Wildlife Management

"The Wolves of Denali will be an important source of raw information for years to come."

Conservation Biology

"The Wolves of Denali is in many ways a scientific work of art. It takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the world of wolves. The book is a rich combination of scientific data and fascinating-and sometimes poignant-stories based on factual observations."

International Wolf

Collaborators : Layne G. Adams ; Thomas J. Meier; John W. Burch; Bruce W. Dale


  • Introduction
  • In the Shadow of the Mountain
  • Technology Yields the Data
  • Denali Wolf Packs
  • Denali Wolf Social Ecology
  • "The Wolf Is Kept Fed by His Feet"
  • Patterns of Prey Selection
  • The Caribou Calving Season: A Scramble for Survival
  • The Denali Wolf-Prey System Wolves in Perpetuity
  • Appendixes
  • Literature Cited
  • Index

L'auteur - L. David Mech

L. David Mech is an internationally recognized wolf expert who has been a wildlife research biologist studying wolves for the U.S. Department of the Interior since 1970, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota since 1979. He has published numerous articles about wolves and other wildlife and five books about wolves, including The Wolf, published by the University of Minnesota Press, and The Arctic Wolf.

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Éditeur(s) Univeristy of Minesota Press
Auteur(s) L. David Mech
Parution 23/07/2003
Nb. de pages 226
Format 19 x 24,5
Couverture Broché
Poids 640g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780816629596
ISBN13 978-0-8166-2959-6


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