Monday, April 24, 2006

Wolf A Journey Home

Asta Bowen (pronounced OWSH-ta), the author of this novel lives in Montana and has written a fictional account of a wolf, Marta, and her family as they try to return to their home hunting grounds after being mistakenly relocated by naturalists. The story is based on facts about a pack of wolves that was monitored.

Wolf relocation is both a political and social issue. Hunting wolves in the U.S. nearly obliterated them – in 1973 the gray wolf was added to the endangered specie list. At that time it was estimated that no more than 400 wild wolves remained in this country. Relocation programs have been in place to reintroduce them to areas that were once home to a wolf population, however because the wolf has such a tremendous instinct to return to its home territory, these efforts have not always been successful.

For many years the wolf has had a bad reputation as a killer. Ranchers have had concerns that wolves would kill livestock. Even in our stories and legends the wolf has often been given a less than desirable role – the big, bad wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Gingerbread Man” to name a couple.

This novel gives you a very personal look at this young wolf struggling to survive and save her family. It gives the reader a different kind of insight into why wolves do what they do, as the story is told from Marta’s point of view.

I love animal stories, and I found this one to be intriguing.


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