The Rise of Wolf 8

Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog

By (author) Rick McIntyre
Foreword by Robert Redford
Categories: Conservation of the environment, The environment, Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning
Publisher: Greystone Books
Hardcover : 9781771645218, 304 pages, October 2019


Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves—but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Authored by a world-renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original, bold new trilogy set to transform our understanding of an iconic species.


An Best Science Book of 2019!

Runnerup — 2020 Reading the West Book Awards!

Named a Notable Book by the 2019 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards!

“[McIntyre's] greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching."
—Publishers Weekly

“Rick's book [The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings."
Psychology Today

“The main attraction of this book, though, is the storytelling about individual wolves, including the powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone’s greatest and most famous wolves."
Washington Post

“Yellowstone’s resident wolf guru Rick McIntyre has been many things to many people: an expert tracker for the park’s biologists, an indefatigable roadside interpreter for visitors, and an invaluable consultant to countless chronicles of the park’s wolves—including my own. But he is first and foremost a storyteller whose encyclopedic knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction project—now in its 25th year—is unparalleled.”
—Nate Blakeslee, New York Times bestselling author of American Wolf