The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
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The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of ""the Big Bad Wolf,"" especially as it is applied to coastal wolves--a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures. Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture. Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.
their whole lives without ever seeing a moose or a mountain goat—animals as familiar to mainland wolves as the fur on their paws. But why would they? Wolves and their families occupy carefully marked territories from which they rarely stray. So even though moose and mountain goats might live only a few kilometers away from an island wolf family’s territory, if they never enter that island territory, the island wolves will never see them. WOLF BITES What does a wolf’s howl mean? This depends on
healthy too. Sometimes, however, while there may be deer on an island, there may not be enough to sustain a wolf family’s needs. But what if there is a neighboring island with deer on it? And what if next to that island is a third island with deer on it too? Individually, each of these islands may not have enough Sitka black-tailed deer to maintain a family of wolves over the long term. But put them together and they can support generations of them. The only catch is that to get from one island
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Everywhere you look, new shoots are pushing through the rich rainforest soil as plants of every kind reach toward the rays of sunlight that filter through the trees. The sun is still pretty low in the sky, so it’s not very strong. But it’s getting stronger all the time, and that’s all the rainforest’s plants need to grow. One of the most curious things about the Great Bear Rainforest is that most of it isn’t a forest at all. More than two-thirds is made up of mountains, glaciers, ice fields and
time too. The rainforest’s famous bears—black bears, grizzlies and white spirit bears—are raising cubs. At sea, killer whales are having calves, and seals and sea lions are having pups. In dens buried both deep and shallow beneath the forest floor, mice are having mice, martens are having martens, and wolverines are having wolverines. And high up in the forest canopy in nests built inside tree cavities or balanced neatly on sturdy branches, eagles, ravens, woodpeckers and jays are hatching