His plan was to stay in Iowa, maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper - a killer - into a champion of wolves.
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As the gray wolf population expands in the West, there are an increasing number of folk who are knowledgeable about wolf biology and wolf management. Ironically, we know much more about wolf genetics, physiology, dispersal, food habits, behavior, and other biological and ecological characteristics (see Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation than we know about the interaction of people and wolves.
And where people interact with wolves, and vice versa, is where the rubber hits the road. In this case, the road is wet, the tires bald, and the driving is done by committee, none of which speak the same language. It's not pretty.
In Wolfer: A Memoir, author, wildlife biologist, fur trapper, "G-man," and wolf specialist Carter Niemeyer describes his life, moving from a young "gopher-choker" to the glue that held the...
Carter Niemeyer has personally handled 300 wolves and has lived to write about it. Niemeyer quietly, but powerfully adds his deep tracks to a well trodden path of authors telling tales of wolves, wolfers and wolf preservationists that have come before. He has moved for three decades through a landscape fraught with traps of all sort and emerged sane, funny, wise, and boy-curious for more fieldwork. 'Wolfer" lacks the drug-dreamy social-cause poetry of Lopez, the outrage of Mowat, and the subtexts of National Geographic. This book is different from the others; it is authentic. The writer is refreshingly square with the reader. There are no calls for protest, no low blows to wolf managers, no good ole' boy nudges to shoot, shovel, and shut up. The author's lifetime of work amongst toothy wolves, prickly ranchers, hamstrung wildlife managers, misguided politicians, and clueless reporters has, somewhat miraculously, produced benefits to each of the parties involved.
If there's a threat to climate, it's probably from all the hot air circulating over the wolf issue. Carter Niemeyer's remarkable memoir is not only a fun and fascinating read, but injects an all-too-rare note of sanity into the ongoing wolf war. Niemeyer's unique background -- he was a sort of modern-day mountain-man who turned government trapper and varmit killer before experiences, long and varied, brought him to appreciate wolves as they really were, and not as either the crazed killers imagined nowadays by blowhard bloggers, or as the teddy-bear cuddlies imagined by others. Carter seems to see wolves (if I can summarize this) as nothing more nor less than a component of the natural world as God designed it and not necessarily as we would remake it for our own convenience, which often enough turns out to be folly. It would be hard to imagine that anyone on Earth knows wolves better than Carter Niemeyer. But while he may be their best friend, he is no sentimentalist. He recognizes...
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