This book explores attitudes and strategies towards the return of the wild in times of ecological crisis, focusing on wolves in Europe.

The contributions from a variety of disciplines discuss human encounters with wolves, engaging with traditional narratives and contemporary conflicts. Covering a range of geographical areas, the case studies featured demonstrate the tremendous impact of the return of the wolf in European societies. Wolves are a keystone species that exemplify humanity’s relation to what is called nature and their return generates powerful debates about what ‘nature’ actually is and how much it is needed or should be permitted to exist. The book considers the return of the wild as a catalyst for fundamental socio-biological changes of the world within human societies, and the various responses of humans to wolves demonstrate both our potential and limitations when it comes to multispecies communities and negotiating societal change.

Managing the Return of the Wild will be relevant to a broad audience interested in discussions of social and ecological conflict today, including scholars from multispecies studies and diverse disciplines such as biology, forestry management and folklore studies.

chapter 1|11 pages

Human encounters with wolves

An introduction
ByMichaela Fenske, Bernhard Tschofen

chapter 3|18 pages

Made of stone, flesh and narration – ‘the wolf’ as contested lieu de mémoire

ByMarlis Heyer, Susanne Hose

chapter 4|15 pages

The story of Wanderwolf

A contested tale on the re-emergence of ‘new wilderness’ in the Netherlands
ByAnke Tonnaer

chapter 6|23 pages

Actualizing wolves

Environmental education settings as part of wolf management in Switzerland
ByElisa Frank

chapter 8|24 pages

Diverging worlds of biodiversity and biosecurity

The presence of wolves in a Swiss Alpine territory
ByIlona Imoberdorf, Rony Emmenegger

chapter 9|22 pages

Getting close(r)

Alive or dead: biography, individuality and agency of the wolf MT6
ByIrina Arnold

chapter 10|16 pages

Hunting wild animals in Germany

Conflicts between wildlife management and ‘traditional’ practices of Hege
ByThorsten Gieser

chapter 12|15 pages

Predators and reindeer on the same pastures?

ByHelena Ruotsala