The Homeward Wolf

Winner! 2014 Mountain Literature / Jon Whyte Award, Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival

Wolves have become a complicated comeback story. Their tracks are once again making trails throughout western Alberta, southern British Columbia and the northwestern United States, and the lonesome howls of the legendary predator are no longer mere echoes from our frontier past: they are prophetic voices emerging from the hills of our contemporary reality.

Kevin Van Tighem’s first RMB Manifesto explores the history of wolf eradication in western North America and the species’ recent return to the places where humans live and play. Rich with personal anecdotes and the stories of individual wolves whose fates reflect the complexity of our relationship with these animals, The Homeward Wolf neither romanticizes nor demonizes this wide-ranging carnivore with whom we once again share our Western spaces. Instead, it argues that wolves are coming back to stay, that conflicts will continue to arise and that we will need to find new ways to manage our relationship with this formidable predator in our ever-changing world.

Whether they fear wolves or love them, readers will find this book as challenging as it is enlightening. The author offers a powerful argument that how we choose to live with the homeward wolf will bring out the best in us... or the worst. In the end, the return of the wolf may ultimately help us find our own ways into a deeper, more sustainable relationship with the great Western landscapes that enrich and define us.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Homeward Wolf 1
Contents 5
Acknowledgements 7
An Absence of Wolves 9
Wolf Journeys 25
Too Many Wolves 51
Not Enough Wolves 69
Cattle Country Wolves 91
The Next, Best Place 131
Bookshelf 151
Other Titles in this Series 153