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Alaska's Wolf Man: The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser

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ISBN-13: 978-1575100470
ISBN-10: 1575100479
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"Nothing that has been written about Alaska captures so intensely the vastness, the loneliness, the natural savagery of this land as Alaska's Wolf Man. It surpasses anything that Ernest Thompson Seton or Jack London ever did and is far more real because it is actual distilled experience that cannot be contrived. This is a classic that will stand tall in the literature of Alaska." --Cliff Cernick, former editor of the Anchorage Daily News and The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and currently Alaska Editor of the Wester Flyer

About the Author

Jim Rearden is a World War II veteran who served aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer escort in the Pacific theater of war. He holds wildlife degrees from Oregon State University and the University of Maine; both have honored him as a distinguished alumnus. In 2005 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for his teaching, conservation work, and writings on Alaskan subjects. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1950 when he organized the department of wildlife management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and taught as head of that department for four years. He ha worked as a construction laborer, a registered hunting guide, a clerk in a trading post, a state fishery biologist, and a commercial fisherman. He is a licensed private pilot.

He served on the Alaska Board of Fish and Game, and the Board of Game, for twelve years, and was Outdoors Editor for Alaska Magazine for twenty years, serving at the same time as a Field Editor for Outdoor Life. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere where he served for eighteen months. He has written twenty-four books, ad more than 500 magazine features, on Alaskan subjects. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula with his wife, Audrey, in a log home he built himself.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575100479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575100470
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on January 26, 2006
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Alaska's Wolf Man: The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser, by Jim Rearden, is one of those obscure books that, when you take the time to read it, amazes you that you hadn't heard of it earlier.

Fairbanks, Alaska, fur trapper Joe Mattie gave me this copy. I need to thank Joe for this.

Frank Glaser was in love with Alaska, hunting, dogs, and wildlife. Although the title of this book leads one to believe it focuses on wolves, you'll learn about bighorn, sled dogs, Alaskan winters, Alaska geography, and more.

Jim Rearden bases this book on actual interviews with Frank Glaser done forty years earlier. Readon stated:

"Most biologists spend at least a hitch or two patrolling ivory towers. Some, of course, fail to descend at all and may go into teaching. Those who take to the field and root about almost always reach the same conclusion when it comes to predators: wolf fact belies wolf fiction, though each is begrimed by politics. Inronically those who most decry political manipulation of fish and game management are the first to apply such pressure when it comes to wolves."

Amen.

So what does Frank Glaser say about wolves? He wrote:

"I don't mind shooting wolves but every tine I find one in my traps I feel ashamed and can hardly get up the nerve to shoot they are the real gentleman of the predatory animal family" (pg. 120).

"You know that about nine tenths of the men trapping use traps that are so small and weak to hold a wolf so the result is most every wolf before he is a year old gets in a small trap for a few minutes then either pulls out or breaks the chain and it is part of his education" (pgs 121-122).
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This is a great journal of a man living in the wilderness, doing predator control in Alaska in the early 1900s. His observations on the wildlife in general and wolves in particular are excellent. His real life stories paint a clear picture of true wolf behavior that often contrasts with today's romanticizing of the animal. If you are interested in animal damage control trapping, early Alaska or just good observations on wolves and their prey from someone who spent a lot of time with them, this book will entertain and educate you. I highly recommend it.
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By A Customer on January 11, 2000
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Alaska's Wolf Man ranks as one of the best books I have ever read.. period. Myself, and many of my fellow Alaskans have read this book and enjoyed it greatly. It is full of history and adventurous tales about Alaska. Anyone with a love for the outdoors, wildlife, hunting or trapping would love this book! Rearden has a wonderful way of telling a story which draws you in. I couldn't put this book down until I had read it all.
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I've been doing a lot of Alaskan frontier reading and I put this at the top of the list. I couldn't wait to read about the next "adventure" in each chapter. Frank's observations about wolves were fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of his life in the book that picks up from 1955 forward... this is a must read.
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I read these type books on a regular basis & this one is head & shoulders above the rest. Captivating, interesting, & very informative. Well written & a true treasure. This should be included in the required reading for wolf relocation advocates & "Naturalists". Glasser has no axe to grind, simply tells of his adventures & experiences. I assure you, it is time & money well spent !
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Great Book! The early history of Alaska from the dog sleds to the early vehicles trying to cross the land with no roads. Hunting from his dog sled pulled by his half-wolves, he fell in frozen rivers many miles from any help and knew how to survive. The big bears and the weather sharpened his skills. A hunter and outdoorsman's book.
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If you thought you were a tough outdoorsman - think again. This is an amazing adventure of an early 1900's outdoorsman. His adventures take your breath away.
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For anyone interested in natural histories, this book is a phenomenal look at early Alaska. The book reads like a scattered journal and has so many historical details. I myself am an avid hunter, so this rating is biased as the book certainly includes numerous hunting stories. A great wilderness book without so much of the hippie/vagabond overtones that accompany most modern wilderness writings.
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