Return of the Wolf

Conflict and Coexistence

At the top of a rock the height of a two-storey house, the wolf stood sil­hou­et­ted against the sky.  We exper­i­enced heavy-duty eye con­tact for long, silent minutes. I didn’t move, per­haps didn’t breathe. Time was flu­id, at once stretch­ing into infin­ity and con­tract­ing into a single heart­beat. There was no air, sun or rain. Only steady, yel­low eyes. And then it was over.

Paula Wild, Return of the Wolf
Douglas & McIntyre October 2018


Return of the Wolf70 pho­tos with a 16 page col­our insert


Return of the Wolf
Conflict and Coexistence

Wolves were once com­mon through­out North America and Eurasia but by the early twen­ti­eth cen­tury, erad­ic­a­tion pro­grams had drastic­ally reduced their num­bers. Now wolves are return­ing to their ances­tral ter­rit­or­ies and encoun­ters with humans are becom­ing more fre­quent.

Return of the Wolf explores our evolving rela­tion­ship with wolves and how human atti­tudes affect the beha­viour and con­ser­va­tion of the pred­at­or today.

As a highly social, intel­li­gent anim­al, the wolf is prov­ing adept at nav­ig­at­ing  the chal­lenges of an ever-chan­ging land­scape and shar­ing hab­it­at with people. Wolves are adapt­ing to humans; can humans adapt to wolves?

Combining ancient myths, nat­ur­al his­tory, sci­ence and per­son­al stor­ies, Paula Wild exam­ines what makes wolves so intensely com­pel­ling, yet so etern­ally con­tro­ver­sial.

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Advance praise

Wolf and grizzly.

Photo cred­it: Tom Littlejohns

Paula Wild takes us on an in-depth and fas­cin­at­ing jour­ney through the dual­it­ies of hatred and devo­tion, fear and fas­cin­a­tion that for so long have shaped our haunted rela­tion­ship with wolves. If we fear what we do not under­stand, then this well researched and insight­ful book will take us closer to under­stand­ing and, hope­fully, to com­pas­sion for a spe­cies maligned for far too long.”
-Ian McAllister, Executive Director of Pacific Wild

This book will be a pleas­ure for any­one who loves the out­doors or wild­life, and a use­ful cor­rect­ive to the myths that sur­round the wolf.”
-Tom Sandborn, The Vancouver Sun

Red Riding Hood and the WolfWolves are pos­sibly the most amaz­ingly won­der­ful anim­als. They are cer­tainly the most irra­tion­ally hated. Paula Wild helps set the record straight by help­ing us know the real wolf. This is import­ant because wolves belong, because humans and wolves can coex­ist, and because we must learn to wage peace with them.”
-Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel

Return of the Wolf is a timely, import­ant and much needed book. Wild explores diverse per­spect­ives of the often troubled rela­tion­ships between wolves and humans from around the world and provides insights into ways we can pre­vent con­flict and share the land­scape with this amaz­ing pred­at­or.”
-Bob Hansen, Human-wild­life con­flict spe­cial­ist, Parks Canada (retired)

gray wolfWant to know where we stand with wolves and where they stand with us? Read Return of the Wolf. You will get an up to date, well researched account of wolf eco­logy that doesn’t lose the heart of wolves as you learn about them.”
-Stephen Herrero, author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance


Wolves need all the help they can get in an increas­ingly human dom­in­ated world. By com­bin­ing detailed data with numer­ous stor­ies, Return of the Wolf greatly helps us to under­stand who these amaz­ing and mis­un­der­stood anim­als are and what they want and need from us, namely, to live in peace and safety. It surely will help to foster coex­ist­ence between us and them as we move for­ward.”
-Marc Bekoff, author Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do


A wolf pup pops his head out of a den hole.

Print edi­tions

Available in Canada October 2018

Available in the USA March 2019


Available in Canada October 2018

Internationally March 2019

Return of the Wolf can be pre-ordered at book­stores through­out Canada and the USA.

It can also be pre-ordered from Indigo, amazon​.ca and amazon​.com

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Ebooks can be ordered from Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iBooks), Kobo and Google Play.


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