By Nick Janns
A Wolf Called Romeo is the true story of an exceptional black wolf over a seven-year period interacting with people and their dogs in and around Juneau, Alaska. The author, Nick Janns, was a teacher and a hunter in a native village in far northwest Alaska for ten years. He hunted and killed many wolves and grizzlies with the native Alaskans. As time went on, he began to enjoy observing and not hunting the animals. He took up the camera and sold all his guns and ammunition. He then fell in love, married and eventually moved to Juneau where he started writing.
Romeo was a 125-pound black wolf who was often seen by the residents of Juneau. He had become friendly with many of the canines that were out walking with their owners. The author’s wife observed the wolf becoming somewhat attached to a few of the female canines, even taking overnight forays with a few females, although half the size of the wolf. Thus, the moniker, Romeo.
A Wolf Called Romeo is a narrative, as well as an interesting history of the wolf. There are stories about the rare interactions between wolves and domestic canines in North America. The book relates that, in the last four hundred years, there have been only two documented human deaths attributed to wolves that were not rabid. When compared to deaths caused by domesticated canines, the wild wolf seems less of a menace.
Throughout the seven years of his observation, many things changed with Romeo as more and more people discovered the unique black wolf. There was a rift between the friends of Romeo and those who were his enemies. The friends far outnumbered the foes. The book explores the controversy surrounding wolf and human interactions through the engaging story of Romeo. For anyone fond of animals, this is a must-read. Book review by Charles Campbell, brother to Jim Campbell, Arctic Treks outfitter
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