Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild by Renee Askins
"Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild" by Renee Askins.is a delightful and compassionate story of a woman whose passion focused on restoring wild wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
Through hunting, trapping and poisoning, often by government employees, the wolves were completely eradicated from Yellowstone National Park by the 1940s. As an apex predator of the West, the loss of wolves has resulted in cascading ecological changes to the detriment of biodiversity.
The project to restore wild wolves to Yellowstone developed into a collaborative effort that brought wolves from Canada into the park in 1994. The success of this reintroduction resulted from the commitment and collaboration of biologists, conservationists and government, and restored an ecological balance that had been missing for decades.
The book details the author's journey from childhood to conservationist, recounting the formative experiences that shaped her love of nature, affection for wolves, and appreciation for others. It is a soul-searching narrative that brings insight into the emotionally-charged struggle to fulfill a dream and a promise.