By Gordon Haber, Merybeth Holleman
Alaska’s wolves misplaced their fiercest suggest, Gordon Haber, while his study airplane crashed in Denali nationwide Park in 2009. Passionate, tenacious, and infrequently brash, Haber, a former hockey participant and park ranger, dedicated his existence to Denali’s wolves.
He weathered brutal temperatures within the wild to record the wolves and supplied unprecedented insights into wolf habit. Haber’s writings and pictures exhibit an amazing measure of cooperation among wolf family as they hunt, bring up doggies, and play, social behaviors and traditions formerly unknown. With the wolves liable to being destroyed through looking and trapping, his stories recommended for a balanced method of wolf administration. His fieldwork registered as one of many longest experiences in natural world technology and had an enduring influence on wolf policies.
Haber’s box notes, his wide journals, and tales from neighbors all come jointly in between Wolves to bare a lot approximately either the wolves he studied and the researcher himself. Wolves proceed to fascinate and polarize humans, and Haber’s paintings maintains to resonate.
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Extra info for Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal
77309798--dc23 2012049307 Text design by Dixon J. Jones, Rasmuson Library Graphics Layout by Natalie Taylor Printed in the United States for the wolves CONTENTS Cover Page Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Contents Color plates INTRODUCTION: Scientist and Advocate for Alaska's Wolves The First Two Years of Life of an Alaska Wolf CHAPTER 1: My Good Fortune: Working among Alaska's Wolves Snapshot: Savage River Wolves Snapshot: Flying Gordon CHAPTER 2: The Heart of Wolf Society: Wolf Family Bonds Snapshot: First Snow Snapshot: A True Field Scientist CHAPTER 3: A New Biological Year: Attending Young Pups Snapshot: Teklanika Den CHAPTER 4: It Takes a Family: Raising Pups Cooperatively Snapshot: Son CHAPTER 5: Going with the Flow: The Daily Lives of Wolves Snapshot: Just One More Turn CHAPTER 6: Why Wolves Howl: The Many Social Values Snapshot: A Sign of Intelligence Snapshot: Passing By CHAPTER 7: Hunting Traditions: Wolves, Their Prey, and Scavenging Snapshot: Pups at a Sheep Kill CHAPTER 8: Toklat's Switch to Hares: Survivors Seize an Opportunity Snapshot: Toklat's Hare Hunting CHAPTER 9: Companions and Competitors: Ravens, Bears, and Other Wildlife Snapshot: Wolves with Bears CHAPTER 10: Natural Fearlessness: Wolves and People in Denali National Park Snapshot: Dr.
February/March Pups stand by as alpha pair mates, and then help prepare the natal den for the next litter of siblings. May Now a year old, pups progress to the third stage of hunting skills: contributing effectively to the group, albeit with less skill and more hesitancy than experienced adults. May/June Yearlings eagerly await the appearance of the new siblings, who have been seen up to now only by the mother and any other females who are cooperatively nursing. June New pups emerge, and yearlings play with them, perhaps also pup-sitting them while other, more experienced adults go off to hunt.
I do not lament for the wolves that began succumbing when modern man arrived here in force near the turn of the century, any more than those early miners, hunters, and trappers did—or, I would guess, than did the humans who hunted this region eight to twelve thousand years ago. But I do feel a sense of loss when I think about the exquisite cultural adaptations some of these older groups must have developed. We deserve more sympathy than the wolves do, for unwittingly erasing such quality from the land and dulling our surroundings that much further, thus diminishing what is so vital as nourishment for our creativity and humaneness.
Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal by Gordon Haber, Merybeth Holleman