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Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf is the true and heartwarming account of an urban legend. Orphaned and alone, Romeo has made the Mendenhal Glacier outside Juneau his territory for the past decade, subsisting on a diet of small mammals and fish. Unafraid of tourists and locals and eager to play with his canine cousins that accompany them, he has taught thousands of people that wolves are playful and not vicious killers to be feared but on the contrary that their need to be accepted and loved is just as vital to living fulfilled lives as it is for us humans. Through his compelling photographs, close observation and telling detail, together with the personal stories of others who spent time with him, John Hyde has turned Romeo’s compelling story into a unique book that will be treasured by those who love the wildlife of Alaska and elsewhere.
“ Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf is not about wolves, it is the nearest thing to being a wolf that could be hoped for. Romeo, the principle character, chose to build a bridge between his kind and ours and succeeded so well that, though it cost him his life, he for ever banished the mythical wolf created by mankind and showed us the true nature of one of the most admirable and interesting living beings on our planet. I envy John Hyde as I have never envied another human being.“
FARLEY MOWAT, author of Never Cry Wolf
“ There’s a sharp division in the way we view wolves – a division fueled far more by mythology and imagination than by fact. Wolves shouldn’t and can’t fit neatly into any negative or positive stereotype. Their niche in any ecosystem is not so one dimensional. We do wolves a disservice when we squeeze them into simplistic scripts and, ultimately, we diminish our appreciation of all wild things if we fall prey to a simplistic wolf myth. Our fear or love of wolves gets in the way of awe and, if wolves can’t inspire awe, what wild creature can?”
KIM ELTON, Director of Alaska Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
“ Few humans are lucky enough to spend time with a wild wolf. I am one. My moment in time with Romeo was inspirational — a lifetime experience to cherish forever.”
ROBIN SILVER, M.D. , Center for Biological Diversity
“ John Hyde in his beautiful tribute to Romeo, a lone dark-haired wolf, creates a unique and endearing story. This chronicle of a wolf in the midst of two worlds inspires respect for all wolves and their rightful place in nature. This book will delight a broad audience and that’s good for all free-living animals, and good for the human spirit.”
PRISCILLA FERAL, President, Friends of Animals
via NYWolf.org (c) – A full house of Wolf Conservation Center supporters braved the snowy landscape yesterday to attend a compelling program about an American legend and the magnificent glacier he called home. John Hyde, a photographer, cinematographer, and artist is the author of Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf, which details the life of Romeo, a beautiful black wolf who made the Mendenhal Glacier outside Juneau, Alaska his territory for the past decade.
via Amazon.com (c) – “In this lovely book, Hyde details the real life of an unusual lone wolf, & local celebrity, named Romeo & how he interacted with the various beings that visited his snowy, Alaskan territory until his cruel demise at the hands of man. An impish, jovial creature, Romeo enjoyed the company of man & its dogs, always up for a game of chase. He was quite the character. Because of his fate, the writing bears a soft edge of bitter-sweetness. Hyde crams many factoids on wolves in here. His prose is masculine & direct. The photography of this volume is ethereal & gorgeous & ultimately the reason I purchased the book. Romeo’s personality blossoms through those golden eyes. Images of the elegant black wolf against the crisp Alaskan wilderness are breath-taking & will make you want to plan a trip up north. But what a shame that I’ll never get to meet the charming Romeo.”
Paperback: 144 pages ISBN-10: 1593730888 ISBN-13: 978-1593730888 Language: English Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches Weight: 1.7 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Hyde is a photographer, cinematographer and artist who lives in Juneau Alaska. His work has appeared in countless magazines and many films.