Free Lecture at Patagonia Westport
September 24, 2014
Patagonia Westport - 87 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880 (203) 226-8778
After over 40 years studying the wolves of Denali National Park, Dr. Gordon Haber was convinced that 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 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.
Based on a new book, Among Wolves is an hour-long presentation by coauthor Marybeth Holleman about 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 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 the talk, Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador wolf Atka will offer guests awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with the important but misunderstood predator.