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Publisher's Summary

From the renowned wolf researcher and author of The Rise of Wolf 8 and The Reign of Wolf 21 comes a stunning account of an unconventional alpha male.

A lover, not a fighter. That was wolf 302. A renegade with an eye for the ladies, 302 was anything but Yellowstone’s perfect alpha male. For starters, he fled from danger. He begged for food from other wolves, ditched females he’d gotten pregnant, and even napped during a heated battle with a rival pack! 

But this is not the story of 302’s failures. This is the story of his dramatic transformation. And legendary wolf writer Rick McIntyre witnessed it all from the sidelines.  

As McIntyre closely observed with his spotting scope, wolf 302 began to mature, and, much to McIntyre’s surprise, became the leader of a new pack in his old age. 

But in a year when game was scarce, could the aging wolf provide for his family? Had he changed enough to live up to the legacies of the great alpha males before him? 

Recounted in McIntyre’s captivating storytelling voice and peppered with fascinating insights into wolf behavior, The Redemption of Wolf 302 is a powerful coming-of-age tale that will strike a chord with anyone who has struggled to make a change, big or small.

“With this third installment of Rick McIntyre’s magnum opus, the scope and ambition of the project becomes clear: nothing less than a grand serialization of the first twenty years of wolves in Yellowstone, a kind of lupine Great Expectations.” (Nate Blakeslee, New York Times best-selling author of American Wolf)

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©2021 Rick McIntyre (P)2021 Greystone Books

Critic Reviews

"McIntyre continues his deeply revealing series on wolf behavior with this fine portrait of a lobo who makes good.... A great choice for anyone who has a fondness for wolves and an appreciation of good natural history.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Few people have ever observed wildlife as closely as Rick McIntyre or written the biographies of individual animals with as much clarity and wisdom. The Redemption of Wolf 302 opens yet another intimate window onto the lives of America's most beloved carnivores.” (Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter)

“A vivid tale of wolf personalities, scientifically compelling and deeply engaging, that will take you right to the core of wolf social life.” (Luigi Boitani, professor emeritus, University of Rome)

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Uneven performance recording.

The story is great- the the recording varies greatly in consistency. I loved hearing the continuing saga of the Yellowstone wolves.

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I didn't want it to end

I will be reading more of Rick McIntyre's books because this was engrossing and fascinating. I learned a lot about wolves and I learned it twice because a lot of the book I rewound a bit at a time to listen and enjoy it again. Highly recommended.

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New deeper love of wolves

Read this book in three days. I became entranced by the story of Wolf 302 and wished for his success in the pack. I cried knowing his life would end, but know the legacy he left was for the better. Highly recommend!

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Wonderful Book

I can't wait for Rick's next book. I had the good fortune of meeting Rick along the northeast entrance road in Yellowstone. He is a kind and generous person with his knowledge and his time.

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