A New Book "The Real Wolf" Shares The Truth About Wolves In The Lower 48
Editorial News/Press Release February 5, 2014 The New Book "The Real Wolf" Brings The Pro Wolfers Out Of Their Dens In A Howling Frenzy
By Toby Bridges, LOBO WATCH
If there is one thing that wolf supporters in the United States cannot stand, it is the truth about wolves. Since the start of the common sense call for adequate control of wolves in the Lower 48, those who fantasize about a fictitious or mythical predator that really doesn't exist will immediately use the internet to gang up on anyone who challenges their false claims about how wolves are the sanitarians of nature, only killing what they eat and how wolves bring a natural balance to wildlife populations.
They hide behind phony names like "Lone Wolf", "Wolf Man", "Wolf Woman" or "Wolf Cry" when commenting on wolf related articles or reports - especially about the negative impact wolves are having on other wildlife populations, or the dangers they present rural residents living in wolf country. When an article is published in a newspaper or a report televised on the evening news, either calling for or justifying the need for stepped up wolf control, a horde of these "Brothers" and "Sisters" of the wolf run scurrying to their computers to attack those who dare to share the truth about the real wolf.
The fantasy wolves that have been portrayed in old Walt Disney nature films or books like Farley Mowat's book "Never Cry Wolf" simply do not exist, and when those who realize that begin to counter the same old pro wolf drivel that clogs up the internet comment sections on those articles and reports, very often the staunchest of wolf supporters often get very threatening. I know, since launching LOBO WATCH nearly six years ago, I have had more than a dozen death threats. One even appeared on the National Geographic website, following a comment I made on their extremely biased, and less than truthful, look at wolves in Yellowstone, in the March 2010 issue of the magazine.
In response to my challenge that National Geographic was not sharing the truth about the impact wolves were having on the park's larger wildlife populations, one of their viewers commented, "Toby Bridges...You are mean...We should kill you." That comment remained on the website for several years, and apparently National Geographic made no attempt to have it removed.
So, now that authors Ted Lyon and Will Graves have released their new book, "The Real Wolf", which does a great job of disputing the fictional wolf hogwash that has been widely spread by pro wolf groups and self serving organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity, it comes as no surprise that many wolf wannabes are now crawling out of their lairs and are howling in protest. Since the book is offered by Amazon.com, it also comes as no surprise that those who are "Anti Wolf Truth" are going after the book and trying to discredit all of those very qualified people who contributed to the 368-page book.
Reviewer Linda Minch commented, "I see. This book is what we like to call "folklore". No, wait, that might downgrade the quality and hard work that goes into the authors of folklore pieces. It seems at no time in his life did this guy have an ecological, or biological education. I don't consider a Russian linguist who becomes fascinated with wildlife credited, at all, to write about the science behind wolves. I mean, come on, this book isn't even a decent piece of journalism. You can't quote people who have NEVER studied wolves and their relationship to the environment and expect to hold credit. The people quoted in this are known for being particularity anti-wolf (and, again, these people have NO background in science, and they seem rather lacking in the education department as well.) How about quoting, oh, say the thousands of scientists and activists worldwide who have put their life's work into studying wolves? Nah, because that would actually make sense! Stand down, and let the biologists and ecologists do the research and writing. I suggest Mr. Lyon and Graves go back to studying law, something they've been educated properly in."
Seems Linda is the one who is lacking in this sense. It is very apparent that she has not even read the book...or she would realize that Ted Lyon and Will Graves did not actually write the entire book - not even most of the book. Many of the chapters have been authored by real wildlife "scientists", who hold degrees in wildlife ecology and biology, such as Dr. Valerius Geist, a professor of environmental science and biology with the University of Calgary, and Dr. Arthur Bergerud, who served as the chief biologist with the provincial wildlife agencies in Newfoundland and Labrador, and who studied the impact of wolves on caribou herds. Also, if Linda had actually read anything, she would also know that the work of Will Graves is all based on the wolf research and studies conducted by dozens of accredited wildlife "scientists" in Russia.
I searched the internet for nearly an hour and could not find one link to anything that would remotely link Linda Minch to knowing enough about wildlife biology or ecology to even comment on a wolf related book.
Oliver Starr, shown in the photo above right with something other than a wolf, had this to say in regard to "The Real Wolf" on Amazon.com, "If you really want to know about wolves don't waste your money on this work. If you want a window into the psychosis of an anti science, anti-wolf zealot this is your chance to look behind the curtain and see the sickness, fear uncertainty and doubt that has infected this irrational segment of the population."
Again, Starr has absolutely no professional wildlife science background, and treads on thin ice when he challenges many of the contributing authors of this book. He is a pro-wolf activist, who likes to tout that the wolves of Yellowstone National Park contribute some $35-
million annually to the area's economy - drawing in tourist from around the country. Starr, and others like him, ignore the fact that those same wolves are now annually causing a $120-million loss to just the state of Montana - due to the loss of big game herds, the loss of hunting license revenue, the loss of hunting related tourism, the loss of many hunting related businesses, the loss of revenue from livestock production, along with the added cost of trying to keep wolves from destroying game and livestock populations - and the added cost of now much needed wolf control.
Unlike Starr and Minch, I have read this book. It is exactly what the pro wolf zealots don't want the public to know about what wolves have already cost this country. The book also takes a good look at the lies and deceit which falsely presented the wolf to several hundred million American citizens as "being good for the ecosystem", along with all the subterfuge and somewhat criminal activity associated with the Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery Project.
"The Real Wolf" has all been based on what has actually happened. There's nothing fictitious about the information, details, facts, or data found on those 368-pages. In contrast, the biggest piece of "wolf fiction" ever written in this country was the 1994 Environmental Impact Statement titled "The Reintroduction of Gray Wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho". All of the so-called "wolf experts" who wrote this impact statement missed their predictions, forecasts and claims by a country mile. The wolves have proven that these "experts" either didn't know anything about wolves...or they lied.
Ted Lyon is a respected attorney who owns a ranch in Montana, and who has personally witnessed the impact that out of control wolf numbers have had and continue to have on elk, moose, deer and other big game populations. In some areas of Western Montana, much of Idaho, and in Northwestern Wyoming, elk herds have been decimated by as much as 80-percent by a glut of predators - but mostly due to the never ending assault by wolf packs. Will Graves is a researcher who spent a number of years in Russia, and who became acquainted with some of the country's leading wolf experts (a.k.a. scientists), who provided him with a wealth of research and data that clearly showed what the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest would witness - unless wolf populations were stringently controlled.
(Photo At Right - Much of the Russian wolf research collected by Will Graves can be found in his book "Wolves in Russia".)
"The Real Wolf" shares all of the information that pro wolfers like Linda Minch and Oliver Starr want to keep hidden from the American public, and which threatens the very existence of phony wildlife conservation organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife.
Some of my favorite chapters in this book include: "A Conservation Tragedy", by award winning author Cat Urbigkit; "The Caribou Conservation Conundrum", by Arthur Bergerud, Ph.D; "Seven Steps of Wolf Habituation", by Dr. Val Geist; "The Wolf as a Disease Carrier", by Will Graves; "The Wolf as a Cash Cow", by Karen Budd-Falen; "What Is a Wolf", by Matthew A. Cronin, Ph.D; and "Mexican Wolf Impacts on Rural Citizens", by Laura Schneberger. And there are other great chapters on wolf impact to cattle producers, collateral damage, wolf hybridization, and more on the lies used to sell the wolf as beneficial to the environment.
The more that pro wolf supporters protest and down grade this book...the more you should know that you need to read it.