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Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights Into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal


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Alaska’s wolves lost their fiercest advocate, Gordon Haber, when his research plane crashed in Denali National Park in 2009. Passionate, tenacious, and occasionally brash, Haber, a former hockey player and park ranger, devoted his life to Denali’s wolves.

He weathered brutal temperatures in the wild to document the wolves and provided exceptional insights into wolf behavior. Haber’s writings and photographs reveal an astonishing degree of cooperation between wolf family members as they hunt, raise pups, and play, social behaviors and traditions previously unknown. With the wolves at risk of being destroyed by hunting and trapping, his studies advocated for a balanced approach to wolf management. His fieldwork registered as one of the longest studies in wildlife science and had a lasting impact on wolf policies.

Haber’s field notes, his extensive journals, and stories from friends all come together in Among Wolves to reveal much about both the wolves he studied and the researcher himself. Wolves continue to fascinate and polarize people, and Haber’s work continues to resonate.

About the Author

Gordon Haber (1942–2009) studied wolves in Denali National Park and interior Alaska for forty-three years.
Marybeth Holleman is author of The Heart of the Sound and coeditor of Crosscurrents North. She has lived in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains for twenty-five years. 

Table of Contents


Scientist and Advocate for Alaska’s Wolves

      The First Two Years of Life of an Alaska Wolf


1 My Good Fortune: Working among Alaska’s Wolves

      Snapshot: Savage River Wolves – Gary Baker

      Snapshot: Flying Gordon – Troy Dunn

2 The Heart of Wolf Society: Wolf Family Bonds

      Snapshot: First Snow – Johnny Johnson

      Snapshot: A True Field Scientist – Troy Dunn

3 A New Biological Year: Attending Young Pups

      Snapshot: Teklanika Den – Karen Deatherage

4 It Takes a Family: Raising Pups Cooperatively

      Snapshot: Son – Troy Dunn

5 Going with the Flow: The Daily Lives of Wolves

      Snapshot: Just One More Turn – Troy Dunn

6 Why Wolves Howl: The Many Social Values

      Snapshot: A Sign of Intelligence – Johnny Johnson

      Snapshot: Passing By – Troy Dunn

7 Hunting Traditions: Wolves, Their Prey, and Scavenging

      Snapshot: Pups at a Sheep Kill – Priscilla Feral

8 Toklat’s Switch to Hares: Survivors Seize an Opportunity

      Snapshot: Toklat’s Hare Hunting – Troy Dunn

9 Companions and Competitors: Ravens, Hears, and Other Wildlife

      Snapshot: Wolves with Bears – Troy Dunn

10 Natural Fearlessness: Wolves and People in Denali National Park

      Snapshot: Dr. Gordon Haber – Jonathan B. Jarvis

      Snapshot: The Hamburger Drop – Johnny Johnson

11 Park Wolves in Danger: The Denali Buffer Solution

      Journal Notes: State-Snared Wolves

      Snapshot: This Guy is Hard Core – Joel Bennett

      Snapshot: Mortality Call – Barbara Brease

12 Science Gone Awry: Alaska’s Wolf-Killing Programs

      Journal Notes: Snowmachine Hunt

      Snapshot: Wolf Summit – Priscilla Feral

      Snapshot: Picking Pilots – Troy Dunn

13 Endangered Species: The Problem with Delisting Northern Rockies Wolves

      Snapshot: Scientist as Advocate – Rick Steiner

14 Toklat’s High Value: The Case for Unexploited Wolf Groups

      Snapshot: Last Phone Call – Barbara Brease

      Significant Findings of Gordon Haber’s Wolf Research


From Bad to Worse: An Update on Haber’s Wolves





Product Details

Haber, Gordon
University of Alaska Press
Holleman, Marybeth
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