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A Wolf Called Romeo

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Publisher Comments:

andldquo;Jans is an exceptional storytellerandmdash;no nature writer can top him in terms of sheer emotional force.andrdquo; andmdash;New York Times

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A Wolf Called Romeo is the true story of the exceptional black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance, and bringing the wild into sharp focus.

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When Romeo first appeared, author Nick Jans and the other citizens of Juneau were wary, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch alongside local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun on a quiet afternoon, Nick and the rest of Juneau came to accept Romeo, and he them. Part memoir, part moving animal narrative, part foray into the mystique, lore, science, and history of the wolf, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book no animal lover should miss.

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andldquo;Beautifully written, A Wolf Called Romeo is a thoughtful and moving story about one of natureandrsquo;s most evocative animals.andrdquo; andmdash;Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash

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andldquo;Jans is a perfect narrator for this story. Heandrsquo;s deeply knowledgeable about the Alaskan wilderness and he evokes its harsh beauties in powerful and poetic prose . . . A tingling reminder of the basic bond that occasionally spans the space between two species.andrdquo; andmdash;Christian Science Monitor

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NICK JANS is an award-winning writer, photographer, and author of numerous books, including The Grizzly Maze. He is a contributing editor to Alaska magazine and has written for a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone and the Christian Science Monitor.

Review:

"Nature photographer and author Jans (The Grizzly Maze) reflects on a six-year relationship between the citizens of Juneau, Alaska, and an unusually friendly lone black wolf named Romeo. Jans recalls his early meetings with the wolf on Mendenhall Lake, including when it intercepted a tennis ball intended for Jans's Labrador. Romeo's popularity grew through press coverage and word-of-mouth; he became 'the town's de facto mascot' and companion to innumerable local canines. Jans's story is marred by political strife caused by Alaska's 'controversial wildlife management' practices, with off and on aerial gunning programs targeting wolves which the human residents, 'infused by a free-thinking, old-Alaska egalitarianism,' largely disapproved. Threats to Romeo's survival escalate after a couple near-violent incidents with area dogs forces the Fish and Game agency to consider removing the wolf. Hunters set up illegal traps and a dog was mistakenly, and brutally, killed. When Romeo disappears, outdoorsman Harry Robinson investigates, leading police to a pair of sadistic poachers. Jans explains pack hierarchy and the punishing wolf life cycle, 'a Darwinian gauntlet that demanded constant adaptation and complex responses,' and defends the animals as unfairly perceived to be a threat to humans. Insightful and philosophical, Jans probes the boundaries between wilderness and civilization and our responsibilities to the untamed creatures in our midst. Photos. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

True tale of a remarkable, seven-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska.

Synopsis:

A Wolf Called Romeo is a book to keep a reader up nights, and a book that carries long after the last page is turned.” —Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing

“The writing is both lyrical and factual, and through Jans’s pen, we feel the crisp Alaska twilight and see the breeze ruffle Romeo’s black coat.” —Booklist, starred review

A Wolf Called Romeo is the true story of the exceptional black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance, and bringing the wild into sharp focus.

When Romeo first appeared, author Nick Jans and the other citizens of Juneau were wary, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross country skiers on their daily jaunts, or play fetch alongside local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun on a quiet afternoon, Nick and the rest of Juneau came to accept Romeo, and he them.  Part memoir, part moving animal narrative, part foray into the mystique, lore, science, and history of the wolf, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book no animal lover should miss.

Synopsis:

The unlikely true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska
and#160;
No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical speciesand#8212;up close as never before.

A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.

Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.

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About the Author

NICK JANS is an award-winning writer, photographer, and author of numerous books, including The Grizzly Maze.andnbsp;He is a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine and has written forandnbsp;Rolling Stone, Backpacker, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments xiii

    Prologue xv
1. Wolf! 1

2. Rules of Engagement 23

3. Romeo 41

4. The Original Machine 55

5. Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up 75

6. The Survival Sweepstakes 91

7. Whats in a Name? 109

8. The New Normal 123

9. The Miracle Wolf 135

10. The Wolf Whisperer 147

11. Pugs and Pomeranians 167

12. Friends of Romeo 183

13. The Killers 201

14. The Weight of Dreams 221

      Epilogue 233

      Notes 237

      Suggested Reading 249

      Index  253

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547858197
Author:
Jans, Nick
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w photos + 1 map
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nature photographer and author Jans (The Grizzly Maze) reflects on a six-year relationship between the citizens of Juneau, Alaska, and an unusually friendly lone black wolf named Romeo. Jans recalls his early meetings with the wolf on Mendenhall Lake, including when it intercepted a tennis ball intended for Jans's Labrador. Romeo's popularity grew through press coverage and word-of-mouth; he became 'the town's de facto mascot' and companion to innumerable local canines. Jans's story is marred by political strife caused by Alaska's 'controversial wildlife management' practices, with off and on aerial gunning programs targeting wolves which the human residents, 'infused by a free-thinking, old-Alaska egalitarianism,' largely disapproved. Threats to Romeo's survival escalate after a couple near-violent incidents with area dogs forces the Fish and Game agency to consider removing the wolf. Hunters set up illegal traps and a dog was mistakenly, and brutally, killed. When Romeo disappears, outdoorsman Harry Robinson investigates, leading police to a pair of sadistic poachers. Jans explains pack hierarchy and the punishing wolf life cycle, 'a Darwinian gauntlet that demanded constant adaptation and complex responses,' and defends the animals as unfairly perceived to be a threat to humans. Insightful and philosophical, Jans probes the boundaries between wilderness and civilization and our responsibilities to the untamed creatures in our midst. Photos. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , True tale of a remarkable, seven-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska.
"Synopsis" by ,
A Wolf Called Romeo is a book to keep a reader up nights, and a book that carries long after the last page is turned.” —Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing

“The writing is both lyrical and factual, and through Jans’s pen, we feel the crisp Alaska twilight and see the breeze ruffle Romeo’s black coat.” —Booklist, starred review

A Wolf Called Romeo is the true story of the exceptional black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance, and bringing the wild into sharp focus.

When Romeo first appeared, author Nick Jans and the other citizens of Juneau were wary, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross country skiers on their daily jaunts, or play fetch alongside local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun on a quiet afternoon, Nick and the rest of Juneau came to accept Romeo, and he them.  Part memoir, part moving animal narrative, part foray into the mystique, lore, science, and history of the wolf, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book no animal lover should miss.

"Synopsis" by ,
The unlikely true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska
and#160;
No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical speciesand#8212;up close as never before.

A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.

Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.

and#160;

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