Feral: Returned to an untamed state after domestication.
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Sale Items Save money and support Friends of Animals at the same time. Clearance Sale Great deals. While they last. These older wolves are essential because they know the territory, prey movements, hunting techniques, denning sites, pup rearing — and because they are the breeders. Haber observed this many times: Whenever an alpha wolf was shot or trapped, it set off a cascade of events that left most of the family dead and the rest scattered, ragtag orphans.
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This is not unique to Alaska. Wolves are no longer endangered when these groups have permanent protection, and when we manage according to this essential functional unit. Rick Lamplugh—who excerpted this article—is the author of In the Temple of Wolves. He uses a portion of the profits from the Amazon sales of that book to advocate for wolves by creating and paying to promote posts such as this one. Jump to. Average rating 4. Rating details.
Sort order. Apr 19, Ashes rated it really liked it Shelves: wolves , shelf. Gordon Haber studied the Toklat wolves for 43 years, and he fought fiercely to protect them. That ended with his tragic death in The book was published in , providing an update on Haber's wolves; back then, the pack faced difficulties, but was still alive.
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It was the same wolf family lineage that Adolph Murie studied in , and Haber since Almost 80 years of continuous study made the Toklat wolves one of the longest-observed mammal families that could compare, perhaps, o Dr. Almost 80 years of continuous study made the Toklat wolves one of the longest-observed mammal families that could compare, perhaps, only to Jane Goodall's chimpanzees.
In , the Toklat wolves were gone. Haber would be appalled. It's not about numbers and populations, he argued; it's about the community and culture of wolves, the very things that are destroyed through hunting and trapping, through Alaska's predator control program. It's about living, and not merely existing, to quote Haber.
Animals are individuals, and their family units have traditions. Why, then, scientists insist on maintaining population numbers instead of preserving their communities? Haber is right. Wolf numbers can rebound quickly, but the species, lacking traditions, will be simplified. Genetics can only do so much. Mar 08, Megan rated it really liked it. I found "Among Wolves" fascinating. I have always loved wolves and the depth of work, insight, and passion Gordon Haber had for the Alaskan wolf population is remarkable.
I found it most poignant that there is a description of the days following Haber's plane crash. There are accounts of the wolves howling in mourning as they do when their mate or another of their family group is lost as if they knew how important Gordon Haber was to and for them. When I picked up this book I wasn't honestly sure I would be able to finish it. It looks intensely academic and slightly boring. The book is essentially a collection of Haber's reports and essays written over the years with short anecdotes from people who knew him and his passionate work.
I thought I'd check it out, look at the pictures, maybe skim a few pages.
Instead I was astonished to be drawn into the world of Haber and the Alaskan wildlife population. While Haber's research and life's work focused primarily on the wolf population throughout the country though mostly in Alaska he understood that the ecosystem and natural food chain had to be studied as well.
The conversational tone that Haber wrote in makes this an easy read.
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His explanations and details are vivid and so descriptive. It baffles my mind and saddens my heart that his insights were and are ignored. An excellent read that I would recommend to anyone. Mar 15, andrea rated it it was amazing. I loved this book, a truly great read if you want to understand wolves. We need more people like him to preserve our wildlife and their homes.
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May 30, Grazyna Nawrocka rated it it was amazing Shelves: anthro-and-psycho-logy. The wolves spend time playing almost each 30 minutes during their travels.
The yearlings take care of the pups. The wolves group cooperates in breeding and hunting. The ending was a little bit repetitive. I loved reading this book. A must read for those who value our natural world.