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Most of his books take place in rural, agricultural settings where he has spent the majority of his life. His books advocate an environmentally responsible philosophy of land management. For example, he encourages the use of wild coyotes, rather than toxic chemicals, to control mouse populations.
He was born in Marquette, Michigan, in 1925. After attending the University of California, Berkeley, he worked on his uncle's ranch in Oregon before starting his own. He now lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where, in addition to writing, he operates a sanctuary for wild horses. Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, a documentary released in 2013, tells the story of his efforts to protect wild horses in the American West.
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