Romeo, Sweet Romeo

“March 24, 2008 photo (Jos Bakker)

Thought I’d share this 2008 video and amazing pictures of Romeo romping on the Mendenhall Glacier with local dogs, in Juneau, Alaska. What an incredible wolf he was!

A terrible loss.  Rest in peace sweet Romeo ♥

Photo John Hyde, Barcroft Media

Romeo and friend/Photo telegraph.co.uk

Juneau residents considered black wolf, Romeo, a ‘friend’

http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/7804925/article-Juneau-residents-considered-black-wolf–Romeo–a–friend–


Photo: Romeo Running in the Snow/John Hyde/Barcroft Media

Posted in: Romeo the wolf, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Romeo the wolf, Mendenhall glacier, Juneau, RIP Romeo,  Alexander Archipelago Wolf

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  1. He was a friend and loyal companion for many years. He was everything you would want in a human friend in an animal… That words break my heart…

    We will never forget the Romeo or Limpy or the others Wolfs who died with no reason…

    Thank you so much Nabeki

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    • You’re so welcome Vasileios….what a beautiful animal.

      The cretins couldn’t stand that people were enjoying Romeo’s company. They just had to kill him. Another wolves’ life snuffed out for absolutely no reason. What kind of world do we live in?.

      N.

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      • Beautiful Romeo, Prince of Wolves. So sad he also met death at human hands. I,m having a memorial placed for him at Wolf Haven in Tenino, Washington. I am so happy for the beautiful books and photos so many will know his story. May he run forever wild and free.

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  2. Wolves have a way of speaking to the heart.
    There is very little to add which has not already been said about his behaviour. He became associated with the residents as much as they became fond of him. Argue habituation but no one can deny that Romeo was an ambassador for his kind. Evidence that wolves are not always what our darker myths perceived them as. He was a beautiful animal as well. May his spirit find rest.

    If I could get my hands on the persons who killed him…
    But in lieu of that: a curse. May the people responsible be reincarnated as lame caribou to be brought down by wolves.

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    • John…just looking at how happy he was to be around his “pack”. He lived a lonely life made bearable by his human and dog family.

      I can’t stand the thought that Romeo, so trusting, had his life stolen from him by those poor excuses for humans.

      N.

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  3. Nabeki,
    Thanks so much for this! I’ve been thinking about Romeo so much lately.
    A woman has a petition for the wolves like him in AK.
    “Alexander Archipelago Wolf”close to being a Endangered SpeciesPlease sign the Petition.http://tinyurl.com/23jqp7n
    Romeo beloved Jueanu wolf
    ♥HOWLS♥

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    • Thanks crystalwolf for alerting me to the petition.

      This is one of the most heartbreaking stories. There will never be another wolf just like Romeo and that is the saddest thing of all.

      N.

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      • Nabeki, I just got John Hyde’s book about Romeo. You must get it. The pics are beyond awesome and he really catches his spirit.
        I know Romeo is at the bridge no longer alone, with plenty of his kind, his dog friends and the human’s who love his kind.
        RIP Romeo….
        And your right there will never be another like him…
        ♥♥♥Romeo♥♥♥

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      • I’m going to order it this weekend, crystalwolf. I can’t wait!! He was such a beautiful wolf. I hope his killer/killers get the book thrown at them.

        For Romeo, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  4. Amazing animal I am sure and what a loss to the people who got to see him time after time. It also disgusts me that animals like this are not protected and basically any worthless poacher or hunter can kill them if they want to. rip romeo. May the person who took your precious life away burn in hell!

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    • I am so touched by Romeo and I never met him Another senseless death for a beautiful wolf, just like Limpy.

      N.

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  5. New book about Romeo photo’s of his life… http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100810/out_717574483.shtml

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    • Looking forward to reading it, crystalwolf.

      N.

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    • Crystalwolf, thank you so much for posting about the book. I can hardly wait to read it. All wolves are special but Romeo was such a sweet and trusting boy, which makes his death all the more unbearable.

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  6. thanks for sharing him with us …. our joe looks just like him ….

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    • Hi Ruth…What an amazing animal. He was so happy with his human and dog family. You could see how excited he was to see them.

      N.

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  7. The killing of this animal just demonstrates the disconnect that hunters have with nature. This degenerate poacher just couldn’t stand to see humans enjoy this animal. I hope he suffers nothing but misfortune the scumbag

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    • You are so right William. They were just itching to get Romeo, he was bringing too much joy to people. An animal is no more important to these cretins then dirt on their shoe. Romeo died for nothing, just like Limpy, just like all the wolves that were slaughtered in the hunts and by WS. I am so sick of it.

      N.

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  8. I will remember you,Romeo,along with Limpy,the Druid Pack, and all the rest.Run wild, run free,and run fast. You live on in my heart.Til we meet again.

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    • The Druids is another sad, sad story. The biologists in the park didn’t lift a finger to treat the mange in the pack, even though Canadian biologists treated a wolf pack for mange. They could have done it but they didn’t. I’ll never forget the story of the last little female Druid that had mange so bad, she left the park and was shot and killed. Just breaks my heart.

      N.

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      • Nabeki- What pack has been as successful as the druids? Who is the oldest surviving pack now? The Leopold Pack?

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      • William….
        Here’s the latest from Kathie Lynch. I believe the Blacktails are the largest pack in Yellowstone now. I think you’re right on the Leopolds, they’ve been around since 96, they were the first wolf pack in Yellowstone who came together naturally. I wanted to mention the Cottonwoods but sadly they were decimated by the hunts last year.

        Kathie Lynch: Mid-summer 2010 Yellowstone wolf report
        July 26, 2010 — Ralph Maughan
        Kathie says mid-summer watching is better than she expected-
        http://wolves.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/kathie-lynch-mid-summer-2010-yellowstone-wolf-report/#more-13423

        N.

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      • Dear Nabeki.
        When i see for the first time the documentary called In The Valley Of The Wolfs i was so excited seeing the story about the Druids then the takeover of Slough Creek Pack and i could stop crying when Casanova comes with the Druids back home in Lamar Valley. For me the Druids are deep in my heart i love them so much and i pray just for one more time in one great reunion (i know they are so many Wolfs in different packs that run Druid blood inside them) i hope they rule again on Yellowstone and Lamar Valley…

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      • I miss the Druids as well Vasileios. I wish the park had done more to save them, they were an iconic wolf pack but they let them slip away. I will never understand it.

        N.

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  9. Cant beging to tell you how much this killing bothers me on several levels.

    First: The audacity to kill a wolf to begin with.

    Second: Killing this wolf demonstrates to me that what matters to the killer most is themselves.

    Third: And for me most disturbing is the killer betrayed the trust that this unique creature placed in all humans. This betrayal of trust just makes my heart ache.

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    • Marc….I feel the same exact way. Watching the video of Romeo, only makes his senseless killing more painful. He was an innocent, trusting his human friends. Then he was betrayed by evil people with black hearts, as black as Romeo’s coat.

      N.

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  10. Poachers like this guy in juneau are degenerates. They are incapable of feeling joy or making an emotional connection to a wild animal. The closest they get to that emotion is the kill shot for the camera. I agree with Marc that they are selfish and only care about themselves. So what do they do- rob us of that joy as well- they suck!!!!!! They don’t care about the health of ecosystems, because if they did they would be pro-wolf. They have a narrow view of a wolf being a threat to that next animal. How stupid

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    • I have my doubts William if they even know what an ecosystem is. All they think about is how much fun they’re going to have killing something. You can’t talk or reason with people like that. As Wolf Wars states…it’s a “cult of death”.

      N.

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  11. I’m almost too heartbroken by this story for words. I’m well aware of the evils man perpetrates on this world we call ours. Man’s selfishness, greed, hunger for superiority and unreasonable fears are destroying the planet. All my blessings to Romeo’s spirit along with all of his breathren who’s lives were taken so unnaturally. I pray for an end to human hostilities. Allow the Earth and all her inhabitants to heal and live in peace and harmony as intended. Blessed Be.

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    • Hi Mai-coh,
      It’s stunning how evil some people can be. They don’t appreciate beauty and only want to destroy it. How could anyone kill this wolf?

      Romeo’s spirit will always live on the Mendenhall Glacier, where he enjoyed so much of his life, interacting with his “pack”.

      N.

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      • Hello Nebeki,

        Thank you for your reply to my comments. I wish I knew what evil drives people to end such beautiful lives. They need to be forced to live among the wolves, to learn first hand the wonders of these packs, and the individual animals who make them up. Witness the love of family that many humans have lost. I would much rather live among wolves myself than around the horror and destruction that man has created. Wolves have all my love, trust and respect naturally where as a human must earn it from me. Romeo will always live within us, may his spirit soar.

        Blessings, Mai-coh

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      • Thank you Mai-coh for those beautiful words. I don’t understand the evil or the blood lust of these poachers. Just heartless people. Killing for killing sake is so wrong.

        Romeo was a pure heart and gave the people of Juneau much joy and their dogs as well. They were his pack. He will be remembered for the great wolf he was.

        For romeo, For the wild ones
        Nabeki

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  12. there is a story in native southamerican beliefs, that if humans will kill wolves they and all the world will be exterminate it, and vice versa if humans kept killing wolves the ancients will do the same, well wolves retreated back, far away from humans into mountains, but humans went crazy, they got too much power on their hands, and they started believing they were more than us, wolves and other animal families, so they started killing, and taking over so much that the ancients will soon step up, you can see they already doing things to us, tsunamis, earthquakes, wolves are the best hunter and they are way more in contact with their hearts than us, thats why humans are jealous of them because they are hunters with a heart and they respect everything and everyone. wolves do not deserve whats happening, but we humans will pay, sadly all of us, and mother earth will be better off without us anyway…we are few who respect the circle of life…too few…i love wolves.

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    • So beautifully said yesseniab, thank you for sharing. Wolves have great hearts and love for family. The are the best of parents and treasure their babies.

      I love wolves too, they don’t deserve the pain inflicted on them by human hands but I also believe in karma. What comes around, goes around.

      N.

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  13. I can hardly type for the tears. Romeo, my sweet boy, I never knew you but I hold you close in my heart. You gave so many humans and dogs such happiness in sharing your friendship and trust. I hope the evil person who took your innocent life will someday pay with his own life. I too Nabeki have to believe in karma, otherwise I could not bear it.

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    • I feel the same way SCWG…I feel ike I know him too. He was so special and it breaks my heart to think the last thing he saw was his killer. Romeo was betrayed by humans after all. Incredibly sad. RIP sweet boy!!

      N.

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  14. DEAR ROMEO! YOU ARE IN MY HEART FOREVER WITH LIMPY… SOMEBODY KNOW WHO KILLED ROMEO… AND WHY??? IF I ASK THAT BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO CURSE of THIS BASTARD KILLER’S LIFE!I WANT TO KILL WITH MY 2 HANDS.I WANT.

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    • Agnes- The two people that poached Romeo were arrested and are awaiting court. I would recommend the most powerful spell you could conjure up- it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy

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    • Agnes,
      What is wrong with these people? I’m so tired of hearing these sad stories about dead wolves. This has to stop. Romeo didn’t deserve to die this way and he probably was an easy target because he trusted humans.

      For Romeo, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  15. Nabeki- I received the Coleman book the other day. It is well written and there are some disturbing photos, including one where a derelict hunter- you know the look- short, unclean, looking like a homeless person ( No offense to the homeless)is shown using a LIVE wolf cub as bait for larger predators! What a credit to the human race these people are!

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    • I ordered it william but haven’t received it. I shudder to think what’s in there. Not looking forward to seeing that photo but I believe we have to face the enemy head on. Knowledge is power. I know Coleman is a college professor. He certainly got the title right.

      For Romeo, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  16. Thanks for posting this story. I just picked up the book by John Hyde and it is a great story with such a sad ending. He was a beautiful wolf!!

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    • You’re welcome becky. Romeo was a special wolf, there will never another one just like him. I can’t wait to read John Hyde’s book.

      N.

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  17. We have followed the “case Romeo” also here in Fenno-Scandia. Let the justice win for the wolf, who was killed and died with no reason at all.

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    • So true Bridget, why did Romeo have to die?

      N.

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  18. I know personally the guy who killed Romeo.

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  19. I was somewhat aware of Romeo, the friendly, playful wolf of Juneau, having heard about him on NPR. I just read the new Nick Jans book, A WOLF CALLED ROMEO which has awakened a new, strong sense of just how special Romeo was. Through this book, I truly made a heartfelt connection with this beautiful wolf. He will always be a part of me even though he is now gone. I cannot fathom the depths of evil in the cold blooded hearts of the two vile men who killed him. Now, after so much time has passed, we know who they are and know of their hateful, evil spirits. I am sorry that they got such an easy judgement from the judicial system. I wish I could have met Romeo. Those who did are surely blessed. I close with the message of Psalm 50 where God states that all the animals of the wild belong to Him. Thank you, Lord, for sharing Romeo with us! He was truly a heavenly gift.

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