Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf
John Hyde's beautiful tribute to Romeo, a lone, dark-haired wolf in southeast Alaska who socialized with domesticated dogs, shines through the lens of a gifted photographer whose insightful observations create a unique and endearing story. A chronicle of a wolf in the midst of two worlds, Romeo fills us with the writer's love for one being in a way that inspires respect for all wolves and their rightful place in nature. This book will delight a broad audience; and that's good for all free-living animals, and good for the human spirit.
The howl of the wolf has often been described as the "call of the wild"...if Romeo can teach us anything let it be that we should answer that call by becoming more tolerant, giving all wild animal species a chance to belong, clean and productive habitat to live within, and respect as members of our community of life. (page 130)
Copies can be purchased through the publisher at $21.25:
Bunker Hill Publishing
285 River Road
Piermont, NH 03779
And signed copies can be purchased through:
Wild Things Photography
PO Box 34517
Juneau, Alaska 99803
Over the past 5 years The Alaska Dept Fish and Game has been trying to reduce the wolf population by In the Yukon/Tanana Region to a total of about 100 wolves. The population over these years has ranged from an estimated 300 to a high of over 400, making the targeted control number (wolves to be killed) between 200-300 wolves per winter.
The young male-who, given all the commotion, had retreated into the forest-was now alone in a world he was just beginning to explore. The companionship and security of his family was now gone. He was on his own. (page 10)
A wolf that came to be known as Romeo...
One could ask how a wolf-according to legend an "indiscriminate killer, one to be feared at all times"-earned a name that implied courtship and love? The answer is simple: that was the only behavior he exhibited. All he ever wanted from others was acceptance and companionship, and he was willing to risk everything to obtain it. (page 10)
Light snow was beginning to make its way down through the dense forest, falling from a gray winter sky. (page 1)