A Wolf Called Romeo

A Wolf Called Romeo

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"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 species--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"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780547858197
0547858191
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 599.74442 JAN

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dixiedog
Feb 16, 2019

A Wolf Called Romeo – What a wonderful story; regretfully with a sad ending. This is a very well written book which was supported by some very nice pictures of Romeo, a beautiful black wolf that embraced many dog lovers and their dogs in and around the City of Juneau Alaska between 2003 and 2009. Reader’s can also Google ‘wolf called Romeo’ and view many wonderful videos of Romeo interacting with his canine friends.

The wolf that Nick Jans described in this book in great detail is by no means the wolf or wolves depicted in the movie ‘The Grey.’ On page 76 of his book Nick Jans writes the following review of this movie, “A gripping tale to be sure, but one problem: the whole thing, start to finish, is a pack of Hollywood hooey.”
“The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the grey wolf, differing from it by at most 0.2% of [mitochondrial DNA].” Mitochondrial DNA is passed down by the mother (without any genetic contribution from the father) and changes only through random mutations that occur from generation to generation.
A Wolf Called Romeo is a book that no animal lover should miss. When I watch and play with my beautiful pure black Belgian Sheppard which has been mistaken for a wolf on occasion, I certainly have to agree that this is the case. Recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

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wtbarrett
Oct 15, 2018

Beautiful, well-written story. Also heartbreaking though. It makes me ashamed to be a human being, like the poachers. Disgusting people; they make me sick.

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garthburlingham
Mar 02, 2015

I would give this 3/5. Because the subject matter "grabbed" me I got into the story and couldn't let go until completed. But the narrative is not compelling and the outcome is not wrapped up well. (The wolf is shot by two "low-life" poachers.) Its a story that could and should have been told in a good full-length New Yorker type article.

JCLHelenH Jan 27, 2015

Jans recounts the years that Romeo, a black wolf, who befriended the Juneu, Alaska community. "His survival was not due to the actions of a few, but the tolerance of many, and the restraint of state and federal agencies - not to mention the actions of the wolf himself."

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Jenkskitten
Jan 07, 2015

About one fourth of the book is the story of Romeo, the rest discusses issues of human and wildlife relationships, laws and the battles for laws concerning wildlife. I was disappointed in the book.

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kakacurt
Sep 30, 2014

Excellent book about a true personal and informative story of a wolf who was protected by the community. The end was expected but also disappointing in one particular person of the human race.

ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

When a lone black wolf appeared in Nick Jans' backyard in Juneau, Alaska, the author and photographer was fascinated but cautious. Well aware that wolves - despite Romeo's well-documented love of dog toys - are wild animals, not pets, Jans initially observed Romeo's comings and goings from a safe distance. Gradually, however, the gulf between man and beast narrowed, with Romeo becoming the town's unofficial mascot as well as a steadfast friend to a number of local pooches (including Jans' own Labrador). In addition to documenting Romeo's six-year relationship with Juneau's residents, Jans also discusses larger issues such as wildlife management policies, human incursions into wilderness areas, and the perils of habituation (i.e. when wild animals become accustomed to humans). Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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