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Gordon Haber died when his research plane crashed in
Denali National Park, and with his passing Alaska’s wolves
lost their fiercest advocate. Passionate, tenacious, and
occasionally brash, Haber devoted his life to Denali’s
wolves. His writings and photographs reveal an astonishing
degree of cooperation between wolf family members as
they hunt, raise pups, and play. These social behaviors
and traditions were previously unknown to the world, and
the wolves were at risk of being destroyed by hunting
and trapping. His studies of wolf families advocated for a
balanced approach to wolf management, and his fieldwork
registered as one of the longest studies in wildlife science,
with 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 about the researcher
himself. Wolves continue to fascinate and polarize people,
and so Haber’s work will continue to resonate.
Culled from [Haber's] published articles, research notes, and tweets, combined with the reminiscences of friends and colleagues, this volume, created by Alaskan writer Holleman, is the final word on the groundbreaking research Haber conducted on the Denali wolf packs for four decades.
Among Wolves will enable those who were not fortunate enough to meet Gordon to be inspired by his amazing stories, as I was. And it will help all those involved with wolf conservation long after his tragic death.
Holleman closely followed Haber's work for about 30 years. . . it was his passion for his subject that she said kept her observing him, as closely as he observed the wolves of Denali.
This extraordinary collaboration between Alaska writer Marybeth Holleman and the late world-renowned wolf biologist Dr. Gordon Haber is informative, gripping, passionate, and revealing. It takes readers deep into the culture of Denali National Park's wolf family groups through Haber's 40-plus-years of exacting observations, and then deep into the mire of Alaska wolf politics.
Holleman deserves credit for creating comprehensive introductory material and a well-organized book (gleaned from Haber’s journals and notes). Readers will share Haber’s intimate experiences with the Toklat wolves of Denali National Park and Preserve and those of the Yukon-Charley region of east-central Alaska. Reading Among Wolves gives us an appreciation not only for Haber’s subject but also for the man himself.
—Western American Literature
Among Wolves is a rich addition to Canis lupus literature. It includes a great deal of new and intimate information on wolves. At the same time, this very readable book brings transparency to the figure of Gordon Haber, revealing to us, mostly through his own words, the intelligence and compassion of this remarkable man.
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