"Long considered an icon of the wild, wolves capture our imagination and spark controversy. Humans are the adult wolf's only true natural predator; its return to the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions about the value of wildlands and wildlife. ... [In] this book ... wolves emerge as smart, complex players uniquely adapted to the vast interdependent ecosystem of this ... region. Observing them at close range, ... Moskowitz explores how they live, hunt and communicate, tracing their biology and ecology through firsthand encounters in the wildlands of the Northwest. In the process he challenges assumptions about their role and the impact of even well-meaning human interventions."--Book jacket.