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 once again be a featured speaker at the W.O.L.F. Northern Lights & Lobos Gala on June 5, 2020 in Fort Collins to discuss his new book on the Druid Peak Pack—The Reign of Wolf 21! Stay tuned for ticket sales to go live in early 2021.