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{Book Review} Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez

I’ve been wanting to dive into the topic of the Gray Wolf for some time now, and I’m starting by reading Barry Lopez’s Of Wolves and Men. It is an excellently researched and thorough book on the history of the relationship between man and wolf. I want to be up front: this post is mostly a representation of what I’ve learned from the book, not necessarily a formal review, but my hope is that you’ll learn, too, and be encouraged to pick up the book to seek more.

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Of Wolves and Dogs.

Recently I had to put together a display about the family Canidae and thought I’d share some of the very cool things I discovered with you all. Being a big dog lover myself, I’m forever fascinated with this family, which is in the Order Carnivora (from the Latin for “to devour flesh”), which also includes cats (Felidae), bears (Ursidae), and a smattering of other righteously cool predators.

The words “canid,” “canidae,” and “canine” all have roots in the word “canis,” which is Latin for “dog.” Also, “caninus,” meaning “of the dog.” The word “canine” refers to “pointed tooth.” (I heart etymonline.com!)

Yellowstone wolf pack in 2001. Via National Park Service.

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Coyotes and Their No Good Very Bad Reputations

Since writing the rattlesnake post, my love for the unloved has been sharply rekindled. My fascination with animals carrying bad reputations has been with me ever since my first stint as a naturalist at a state park on the East Coast.

Today I want to talk about coyotes.

Coyote photo credit: Christopher Bruno.

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