Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal
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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."