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.
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.