American Wolf

Mar 26, 2018

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone was controversial when it happened in 1995, and it added more fuel to the blazing feud between conservationists and the ranchers and hunters who wish wolves had never returned to the Rockies.

Monday, we're talking about wolves, and one wolf in particular. O-six was a charismatic alpha female and one of the most famous wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Adored by wolf watchers and wildlife advocates, she was also challenged on all fronts: by hunters, by cattle ranchers, and by other wolves. In his book, Nate Blakeslee tells O-Six's story and explores the ongoing clash of values that roils around her and her kind. It is nothing less than a battle over the very soul of the West. (Rebroadcast)

Nate Blakeslee is a journalist who works as a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. His book is called American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]