Homer, AK 99603
Book signing and presentation: MaryBeth Holleman's new book, AMONG WOLVES: GORDON HABER'S INSIGHTS INTO ALASKA'S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD ANIMAL. She will present Haber's up‑close research with Denali National Park wolves. Through Haber's remarkable photographs, stories and observations, Among Wolves shows the astonishing degree of cooperation between wolf family members. It follows the world‑famous Toklat wolves, first observed over 70 years ago by Adolph Murie. It also describes the devastation to and fragmentation of these tight‑knit wolf families caused by human killing. And it reveals the passion and wonder that Haber, in decades working in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, never lost. After over 40 years studying the wolves of Denali National Park, Dr. Gordon Haber‑‑who died in 2009 when his research plane crashed into Denali's mountains‑‑was convinced that wolf society is more rich and complex than current management policies take into account. In short, wolf management isn't about the numbers. Because the wolf's basic social structure is their family group, hunting and trapping does far more damage than just killing a few wolves; it destroys family groups and extinguishes unique behaviors that take generations to form. Today, with predator control, hunting, and trapping of wolves at a new high throughout Alaska and the western United States, with national park wolves at risk when they cross outside park boundaries, and with the threat of delisting for the entire country, Haber's insights are even more valuable. Following the presentation will be an author signing. Sponsored by Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska Geographic.
Thursday, 03 April, 2014
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