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Rick McIntyre


Rick McIntyre is one of the most celebrated wolf experts in America. He has a degree in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has worked in Yellowstone National Park since 1994. He began his time in Yellowstone as a naturalist with the title of wolf interpreter.  He became a Biological Technician for the Yellowstone Wolf Project in 1998 and has continued in that position ever since.


McIntyre spent most of his adult life working for the National Park Service and has lived for many years in some of the most beautiful natural places in the world. His first position in 1975 was as a firefighter on a helitack crew in Sequoia National Park. He spent 15 summers in Denali National Park as a naturalist following wolves and grizzlies. He also followed wolf packs in Glacier National Park and served stints in Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Big Bend National Parks, and in Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California.  McIntyre wrote his first two books about his time in Denali: Denali National Park: An Island in Time (Albion, 1986) and Grizzly Cub: Five Years in the Life of a Bear (Alaska Northwest, 1990).


McIntyre spent the last 24 years in Yellowstone National Park, rising at dawn nearly every day to study the wolf packs. According to McIntyre, Yellowstone is the best place on earth to observe wolves in the wild. McIntyre also has two wolf books to his credit: A Society of Wolves: National Parks and the Battle over the Wolf (Voyager Press, 1993, 1996) and War against the Wolf:  America’s Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf, Rick McIntyre, Editor (Voyager Press 1993, 1996).


During his many years in Yellowstone, McIntyre has given lectures and field tours to tens of thousands of students, tourists and wolf aficionados and has helped countless people see wild wolves for the first time.


Rick McIntyre will be a featured speaker, along with Nate Blakeslee, at the W.O.L.F. “Alo-Howl” Gala on April 21 in Fort Collins. Make sure to make your reservations today!

Nate Blakeslee


Nate is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. His first book, Tulia, was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Texas Institute of Letters nonfiction award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2005. The Washington Post called it one of the most important books about wrongful convictions ever written. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. Photo credit Jeff Wilson.



About American Wolf

Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. Award-winning author Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six, in his poignant book AMERICAN WOLF: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West (Crown; on sale October 17, 2017). Days after Crown acquired the book, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions picked up the rights, with Scott Cooper (Black Mass) set to direct.


More than four million people visit Yellowstone each year, and wolves are one of the main attractions. Wolf advocates would like to see them remain on the endangered species list; opponents, especially professional hunting guides (whose clients compete with wolves for the elk they both prize) and cattle ranchers (who have lost livestock to wolves), would like to see a wolf-hunting season so that their numbers can be reduced. AMERICAN WOLF is about these opposing forces, told through the lens of the life of one wolf, O-Six, whose own story became entangled in the political strife around her.

Photo courtesy of Crown Publishing Group


O-Six can arguably be called one of the most famous wild animals in our country. She was one of the most visible wolves in Yellowstone at a time when wolf-watching became a common pastime in the park. Beloved by wolf-watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre and former schoolteacher Laurie Lyman, both featured in the book, O-Six becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world. But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters and their professional guides; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who challenge her dominance of the stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley in the park’s mountainous Northern Range.


Nate Blakeslee became fascinated with wolves in the winter of 2008, after taking a wolf-watching class in Yellowstone. This is where he saw wolves in the wild for the first time. Drawing on interviews with McIntyre, and Lyman’s extensive wolf-watching diary (over 800,000 words), Blakeslee has re-created the true life story of a wild animal in unprecedented detail.


Fans of  Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk, John Vaillant’s The Tiger, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, and anyone else who loves intimate, true stories of nature, obsession, and survival will be drawn to this riveting multigenerational wolf saga that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West—and the nation as a whole.