The Real Wolf

The Science, Politics, and Economics of Co-existing with Wolves in Modern Times

The Real Wolf is an in-depth study of the impact that wolves have had on big game and livestock populations as a federally protected species. Authors, Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves, sift through the myths and misinformation surrounding wolves and present the facts about wolves in modern times. Each chapter in the book is meticulously researched and written by authors, scientists and wolf experts who have spent years studying wolves and wolf behavior. Each describe a unique aspect of the wolf in the United States. The Real Wolf does not call for the eradication of wolves from the United States, but rather advocates a new system of species management that would allow wolves, game animals, and farmers to co-exist with one another. 

Written by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves.

With contributions by: Rob Arnaud, Dr. Arthur Bergerud, Karen Budd-Falen, Jess Carey, Dr. Matthew A. Cronin, Dr. Valerius Geist, Don Peay, Laura Schneberger, Heather Smith-Thomas, and Cat Urbigkit.

Edited by Linda Grosskopf & Nancy Morrison.


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About The Authors

Ted B. Lyon

An Attorney specializing in complex litigation with more than 37 years of experience, Ted Lyon has represented clients in more than 150 jury trials and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in America by the American Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 through 2013. Ted served in both the Texas House of Representatives (1979-1983) and the Texas State Senate (1983-1993).  He has also served as a police officer, a licensed fishing and hunting guide and a teacher. Ted has received numerous prestigious and meaningful awards including the 2012 Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist of the Year award.

An Attorney specializing in complex litigation with more than 37 years of experience, Ted Lyon has represented clients in more than 150 jury trials and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in America by the American Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 through 2013. Ted served in both the Texas House of Representatives (1979-1983) and the Texas State Senate (1983-1993).  He has also served as a police officer, a licensed fishing and hunting guide and a teacher. Ted has received numerous prestigious and meaningful awards including the 2012 Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist of the Year award.

Will N. Graves

At the outbreak of the Korean War, Will Graves volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a Russian linguist. In order to accelerate and develop his skills in Russian, he started reading Russian wildlife magazines and books. Wolves were often discussed and soon his interest focused on wolves in Russia. He asked every native Russian he met if they had any knowledge of wolves and began to record data and resources. Graves’ interest in wolves grew into a serious hobby that continued after the war. 

At the outbreak of the Korean War, Will Graves volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a Russian linguist. In order to accelerate and develop his skills in Russian, he started reading Russian wildlife magazines and books. Wolves were often discussed and soon his interest focused on wolves in Russia. He asked every native Russian he met if they had any knowledge of wolves and began to record data and resources. Graves’ interest in wolves grew into a serious hobby that continued after the war.