Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. Gray wolves are the most common, and were once found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Because wolves kill domestic animals, however, they were hunted to near-extinction in the lower 48 states. Few gray wolves survive in Europe today, though healthy populations exist in Canada, Alaska and Asia. Gray wolves have been reintroduced into several northwestern states and are slowly making a comeback. Red wolves originally lived in the southeastern U.S. but went extinct in the 1980s. They have been reintroduced into North Carolina and their numbers are on the rise.
The gray wolf has been well researched over the years, and many books have been written about it. Though it was feared and hunted in agricultural societies, it was celebrated by some Native American tribes. Gray wolves are extremely gregarious, and communicate by means of highly-developed behaviors and vocalizations. To find out more about wolves go to the Marin County Free Library website. If you type "wolves" as a subject heading into the Classic Catalog you’ll find links to 556 entries. In the Encore Catalog typing "wolves" in the search box yields 656 results.
To learn what the California Wolf Center is doing to help wolves recover, come to the Corte Madera Library on Tuesday, May 14, 7-8 PM to hear a presentation by Lauren Richie.