Rick McIntyre
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2022

Rick McIntyre

Wolf Researcher

the wonder of wolves

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Rick McIntyre started working for the U.S. National Park Service in 1975 and was stationed in Yellowstone National Park in 1994. The park hired him to explain its wolf reintroduction program to visitors and do wolf research. Rick has been studying Yellowstone’s wolves over a span of 27 years and has helped an estimated 100,000 people to see wolves. He wrote 12,000 pages of field notes on his observations of wolf behavior, and this research became the basis for three recent books, The Rise of Wolf 8 (2019), The Reign of Wolf 21 (2020) and The Redemption of Wolf 302 (2021).

the wonder of wolves
Nominated by: Milbry Polk MED'95
Class of 2022 Location USA
Author: Julie Argyle

My college degree is in forestry, rather than wildlife biology, and I did not go to graduate school. I fell into wolf research by accident where I could see wild wolves nearly every day. I studied wolf behavior so that I could share what I have been learning with as many people as possible. That includes helping Yellowstone visitors see wolves, telling them what I have been learning about wolf behavior, and writing books so that people all over the world can learn to accept and appreciate a species that humans throughout much of our history sought to exterminate.

I have done interviews on wolves for many documentaries, newspapers, magazines, NPR shows, podcasts and television documentaries. I lectured on wolves at the American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Sciences, Belfast Museum of Natural History, Royal Zoological Society and at many universities in the United States, England and Japan. All of that is for the purpose of gaining more public support for and acceptance of wolves.

“That includes helping Yellowstone visitors see wolves, telling them what I have been learning about wolf behavior, and writing books so that people all over the world can learn to accept and appreciate a species that humans throughout much of our history sought to exterminate.”

- Rick McIntyre

Income from my wolf books is donated to nonprofit organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Red Cross, The Texas Children’s Hospital, Yellowstone Forever, various wildlife organizations and Conservation Nation, a group that works to help people of color get jobs in wildlife and conservation work.

I emphasize that anyone could have done what I have done as it has not been dependent on special training. I would like my work to inspire people to explore whatever aspect of the natural world that intrigues them, and share what they have learned with others.

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