To treat this work as solely an in-depth analysis of what led to the deaths of Treadwell, Huguenard and and two Alaskan Grizzlies – would be unfortunate, at best. This volume is, much, much more than that – albeit Jans treatment of the central story/sub-title is expansive, poignant and fair – it is amazingly well-balanced. To treat this book as an educational tool limited to Grizzly bears – would also be a miscue. The treatment that Jans provides regarding bears in general, black, brown, Alaskan and lower 48 species is, once again, practically beneficial for anyone who journeys into areas inhabited by bears. I am better prepared having read this book.
“Certainty is not biologically possible. We must learn (and teach our children) to tolerate the unpleasantness of uncertainty.” (1)
The BEST man-animal BOOK I’ve EVER read. PERIOD!!!
Photos posted here by Nick Jans – the Author.
Here’s the video trailer.
You’ll LOVE IT!!! I promise!!!
THE BEST man-wild animal book I have EVER read. PERIOD.
I ordered this book as a member of the Amazon Vine program. This story is a treasure. It’s a gift…a unique and wonderful journey.
My favorite, all-time man-dog book is Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Free-thinking Dog by Ted Kerasote.
Enter Nick Jans with his book entitled A Wolf Called Romeo. This is unequivocally THE BEST man-wild animal book I have EVER read. PERIOD.
Jans uses his life experience as an author, naturalist, experienced outdoorsman, investigative journalist and photographer to weave a wonderful story.
The essence of the book (for me) is characterized in the following excerpt:
“Running a Darwinian gauntlet that demanded constant adaptation and complex responses, with scant margin for error, he had accomplished what few large predators ever had, or will: he lived near, even among, thousands of humans over most of his life – not just a shadowed presence or camp follower,, but as an independent, socially interactive creature whose territory overlapped our own – without the benefit of a large-scale preserve. Through this time among us, he remained his own gatekeeper, his comings and goings defining the ever-shifting boundary between worlds, rendering our own surveys and markers meaningless.” (excerpt from page 185 – my uncorrected proof).
Like I’ve said – THE BEST man-wild animal book I have EVER read. PERIOD. Like I said – THE BEST man-wild animal book I have EVER read. PERIOD. This book should be required reading for wildllfe biology students and practitioners everywhere!!! When it comes to understanding the wolf ( I hike in northeastern Oregon – Eagle Cap Wilderness – where wolves are now becoming re-established ) hikers, civilians, researchers, ranchers, naturalists and environmentalists would ALL be well-served by consuming this work. BUY IT! READ IT! LEARN FROM IT! – as we have vastly more to learn about this creature – and its interaction with man (and man’s interaction with the wolf).
Buy it! Savor it. Look for Nick Jans and go meet him at an author appearance. You’ll be blessed by this true story. I certainly was. I promise. PERIOD.