Books & Research
Räikkönen J, Vucetich JA, Peterson RO, Nelson MP, Vucetich LM. 2013. What the inbred Scandinavian wolf population tells us about the nature of conservation. PLOS ONE 8(6): e67218. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067218. [pdf]
Peterson RO, JA Vucetich and LM Vucetich. 2013. Osteoarthritis in nature: osteoarthritis phenotypes are sexually dimorphic in moose (Alces alces). Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 21:S69. [pdf]
Montgomery RA, JA Vucetich, RO Peterson, GJ Roloff, KF Millenbach. 2013. The influence of winter severity, predation and senescence on moose habitat use. Journal of Animal Ecology 82(2):301-309. [pdf]
Vucetich, JA. 2013. Wolves and their place in the great hierarchy of life. In Thiel, D (ed) Wild Wolves We Have Known. International Wolf Center.
Nelson MP, Vucetich JA. 2013. The value of wilderness. in The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Hugh LaFollette, Wiley-Blackwell, print pages 5476-5484, DOI: 10.1002/ 9781444367072.wbiee645. [pdf]
Vucetich JA, Nelson MP, Peterson RO. 2012. Managing wolves on Isle Royale: What should be done if an icon of wilderness culture dies out? The George Wright Forum, 29(1): 126–147. [pdf]
Metz M, Smith D, Vucetich J, Stahler D, Peterson R. 2012. Seasonal patterns of predation for gray wolves in the multi-prey system of Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Animal Ecology 81(3):553-563, DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01945.x. [pdf]
Frelich LE, Peterson RO, Dovčiak M, Reich PB, Vucetich JA, Eisenhauer N. 2012. Trophic cascades, invasive species and body-size hierarchies interactively modulate climate change responses of ecotonal temperate-boreal forest. Phil Trans R Soc B 367:2955-2961 (doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0235).[pdf]
Nelson, MP & JA Vucetich. 2012. The ethics of sustainability science. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):12. [pdf]
Marucco F, Vucetich LM, Peterson RO, Adams JR, Vucetich JA. 2012. Evaluating the efficacy of non-invasive genetic methods and estimating wolf survival during a ten-year period. Conservation Genetics 13(6):1611-1622 (DOI 10.1007/s10592-012-0412-4).[pdf]
Witt JC, Webster CR, Froese RE, Drummer TD, and Vucetich, JA. 2012. Scale-dependent drivers of ungulate patch use along a temporal and spatial gradient of snow depth. Can J Zool 90(8): 972-983 (DOI 10.1139/z2012-065) [pdf]
Vucetich JA, Huntzinger BA, Peterson RO, Vucetich LM, Hammill JH, Beyer DE. 2012. Intra-seasonal variation in wolf Canis lupus kill rates. Wildlife Biology 18:1-12. [pdf]
Sand H, Vucetich JA, Zimmermann B, Wabakken P, Wikenros C, Pederson H, Peterson RO, Liberg O. 2012. Assessing the influence of prey–predator ratio, prey age structure and packs size on wolf kill rates. Oikos. (doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20082.x). [pdf]
Vucetich JA, Vucetich LM, Peterson, RO. 2012. The causes and consequences of partial prey consumption by wolves preying on moose. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 295-303, DOI: 10.1007/s00265-011-1277-0. [pdf]
Peterson RO, Vucetich JA, Beyer D, Schrage M, Räikkönen J. 2011. Phenotypic Variation in Moose: The island rule and the moose of Isle Royale. Alces 47:125-133. [pdf]
MacNulty D, D Smith, D Mech, JA Vucetich, C Packer. 2011. Nonlinear effects of group size on the success of wolves hunting elk. Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/arr159. [pdf]
Adams JR, LM Vucetich, PW Hedrick, RO Peterson, JA Vucetich. 2011. Genomic sweep and potential genetic rescue during limiting environmental conditions in an isolated wolf population. Proceedings Royal Soc B 278:3336-3344. [pdf]
Geffen et al. 2011. Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids. Molecular Ecology 20: 5348–5358. [pdf]
Gore ML, Nelson MP, Vucetich JA, Smith AM, Clark MA. 2011. Exploring the ethical basis for conservation policy: the case of inbred wolves on Isle Royale, USA. Conservation Letters 4(5):394-401. [pdf]
Hedrick P, J Adams, JA Vucetich. 2011. Genetic Rescue: Re-evaluating and Broadening the Definition. Conservation Biology 25(6):1069–1070. [pdf]
Metz, MC, JA Vucetich, DW Smith, DR Stahler, RO Peterson. 2011. Effect of sociality and season on gray wolf (Canis lupus) foraging behavior: Implications for estimating summer kill rate. PLoS ONE 6(3)e17332. [pdf]
Nelson, MP, JA Vucetich, PC Paquet, JK Bump. 2011. North American Model: An Inadequate Construct? The Wildlife Professional 58-60. [pdf]
Nelson, MP, JA Vucetich, RO Peterson, LM Vucetich. 2011. The Isle Royale wolf-moose project (1958-present) and the wonder of long-term ecological reesearch. Endeavour 35(1):30-38. [pdf]
Silvia, WJ, RO Peterson, WF Silvia, JA Vucetich, AW Silvia. 2011. The occurrence and morphology of a lateral metatarsal splint bone in moose (Alces alces). The Anatomical Record 294(2):231-235. [pdf]
Vucetich JA, M Hebblewhite, DW Smith, RO Peterson. 2011. Predicting prey population dynamics from kill rate, predation rate and predator-prey ratios in three wolf- ungulate systems. Journal of Animal Ecology 80:1236-1245. [pdf]
Peterson, RO, JA Vucetich, G Fenton, TD Drummer, CS Larsen. 2010. The ecology of arthritis. Ecology Letters 13(9):1124–1128. [pdf]
Vucetich JA, Nelson MP. 2010. Sustainability: virtuous or vulgar? Bioscience 60(7):539-544. [pdf]
Carroll, C, JA Vucetich, MP Nelson, DJ Rohlf, MK Phillips. 2010. Geography and Recovery under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation Biology, 24(2):395-403. [pdf]
Vucetich, JA. 2010. Wolves, Ravens and a New Purpose for Science. In: Moore, K & Nelson MP (eds.), Moral Ground: Our Obligation to the Future, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX, Pp 337-342.
Vucetich JA, RO Peterson, & MP Nelson. 2010. Will the future of Isle Royale wolves & moose always differ from our sense of their past? in The World of Wolves, new perspectives on ecology, behaviour & policy. (Eds. M Musiani, L Boitani & P Paquet) Univ Calgary Press, Pp 123-154.
The Wolf's Tooth by Cristina Eisenberg
In The Wolf’s Tooth, scientist and author Cristina Eisenberg explores the concept of “trophic cascades” and the role of top predators in regulating ecosystems. Her fascinating and wide-ranging work provides clear explanations of the science surrounding keystone predators and considers how this notion can help provide practical solutions for restoring ecosystem health and functioning.
Wolfer By Carter Niemeyer
His plan was to stay in Iowa, and 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.
Wolves of The Yukon by Bob Hayes
This non-fiction book is about a great mountain wilderness where wolves and their prey continue to live in a delicate, natural balance. Using a combination of narrative non-fiction and easy-to-follow essays, this book explores the natural history of the Yukon during the last 20,000 years. Part 1 - History - chronicles wolf evolution since the end of the ice age, including the great collapse of Beringia large mammals and the domination by caribou through the Holocene. Other chapters include the relation between ancient native people and wolves, and the importance of Jack London’s Yukon stories to our collective image of wolves as a symbol of wilderness. Other history chapters explore the relentless, but largely ineffective attempts to reduce wolves through bounties, poison and hunting through the 20th century. Part 2 - Understanding - describes the author’s original research into wolf relations to moose, caribou, Dall’s sheep, ravens, and grizzly bears. In the last chapter Hayes, who studied three Yukon wolf control projects, explains why broad-scale killing of wolves has only produced brief benefits for moose and caribou, and why the practice should end. Finally, the book raises questions about how we should use and conserve one of the largest remaining tracts of complete wilderness on the continent.
When three month old Alphie, a wolf pup of the Lamar Pack, woke up from a long nap, he discovered that he was alone. His pack had moved to their high country rendezvous at Opal Creek accidentally leaving him behind to face the wild valley on his own. He was lost and frightened. His tiny howls attracted a grizzly and a mountain lion. After facing many dangers during long days and longer nights, Alphie is rescued by an old wolf returning to the pack. Grandfather becomes Alphie's protector and teacher. Their meeting marks the beginning of a long friendship that weaves its way through all of the exciting adventures that Alphie experiences during his first year as a Yellowstone wolf pup. Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup is a verbal map of the northern range of Yellowstone National Park. Beautifully rendered sketches fill in the details. The story introduces young readers to this special wilderness and wild places in general. Wandering the Lamar Valley, with book in hand, a reader should be able to locate Druid Peak, the Ledge Trail, the rendezvous site, Jasper Bench, Chalcedony Creek, as well as other landmakers in Alphie's Territory.
Running For Home
What happens when an indigenous animal, missing for over seventy years, is restored to its natural habitat? Find out in this exciting book about the adventures of Chinook the wolf, Wapiti the elk and the hilarious raven Mochni. This stirring fictional chapter book makes learning about science and natural history fun for children and adults. Readers are drawn in by the challenge of searching for a hidden animal in every illustration. A cliff hanger at the end of each chapter makes this a real page turner. Running for Home is a book about restoring the wolf to Yellowstone National Park, returning this ecosystem to a more diverse and balanced habitat, but it is also a beautiful story of the circle of life.