THE WOLVES OF ALASKA: A FACT-BASED SAGA
Author: Jim Rearden
Publisher: PICTORIAL HISTORIES PUB CO, Jun 2009
Alaska's wolves are the main characters in this historically & biologically accurate recounting. Here are vivid anecdotes about wolves, with descriptions of their behavior & way of life, examples of their intelligence, their relationship to urban & rural Alaskans, & more. 6x9 inches, 352 pgs.
Alaska has announced that wolves are to be killed on the Tanana Flats, near Fairbanks, to allow a moose population to rebuild. A pretty Boston school teacher, representing an animal rights organization, arrives to "save" Alaska's wolves. As she becomes involved, her initial antagonistic relationship with a wolf biologist slowly changes as she learns about wolves & Alaska.
Counterpointing the modern controversy, Rearden includes exciting segments of his bes-selling Alaska's Wolf Man book, the story of Frank Glaser, Alaska's first full time government wolf hunter who hunted wolves in the Territory of Alaska 1915-1955.
Here are vivid anecdotes about wolves, with descriptions of their behavior & way of life, examples of their intelligence, expression of appreciation for their charm & beauty, as well as an honest look at their savage efficiency as predators & relationship to urban & rural Alaskans.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Jim Rearden, with his background in wildlife management - one time head of the University of Alaska Fairbanks wildlife department, twelve years as a member of the boards of fisheries & games, & many years as a professional outdoor writer - is the perfect person to put into context the Alaska wolf controversy. A must read." Ray Tremblay, one time Alaska trapper & long-time Special Agent, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 55 years in Alaska.
"A highly entertaining & accurate saga of Alaska's wolves & man during the past seventy five years." James Faro, retired wildlife biologist, Alaska Dept. Fish & Game.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jim Rearden is Alaska's most popular outdoors journalist. He holds two degrees in wildlife management & was Professor of Wildlife Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks 1950-54. As a member of the Alaska Board of Game 1975-82 he helped develop the Tanana Flats wolf control program. He details with historical accuracy the controversy that irrupted when the 1975 program was announced.
Table of Contents
Hooked on Wolves: The market hunter
The Ambassador: I enlist: Savage River
The campaign: The Black Pack
Hell breaks loose: Savage River wolves
The crises: Professor Rearden: The wolf dogs
Fairbanks in December: Letters
Board member: Pat's say: A daytime hunt
Educating Pat: Nature's way
Staff report: Pat is hired: Glaser's wolf dogs
Kenai: Wolf dog problems
Pat's approach: Snow: Captive wolf: Moose kill
Northway elder: The neighborhood killers
The flight: Glaser's new career
The governor speaks: Park observation
Davy's arm: Lord Balmar: Saving reindeer
Grant leaves: My caribou article: Amaguq Frank
Anaktuvuk: Ren's wolf notes: Pat's fur parka
Wolf den: Moose kill: Lady: Aerial wolf hunt
The Teller Wolf
Pat resigns: Love prevails: Moose John & Punyuk
Wolverine village: Uncle Toby: Glaser retires
Success in 20A
The Nelchina mystery: Wolf summit: Harbo's plan
Bunde's resolution: Wolf consensus?
Fictional characters & names
About Jim Rearden