Romeo (wolf)

Romeo (c. 2003 – 2009)[1] was a black wolf who lived in the Mendenhall Valley, near Juneau, Alaska. He was known for his friendly interactions with dogs and people.[2]

Playful Romeo.jpg
SpeciesGray Wolf
Years active6
Known forGentle-mannered interactions with humans and dogs
ResidenceMendenhall Valley, Juneau, Alaska


Romeo was an Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni, a type of gray wolf) who lived around Mendenhall Glacier between 2003 and 2009. He interacted more or less successfully with locals, tourists, cross-country skiers, and their dogs until he was about 6 years old, when he was killed by out-of-state poachers.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1] Plaque in Romeo's memory specifies he was born around 2003 and died in 2009
  2. ^ Jans, N. (2014). A wolf called Romeo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0547858197.
  3. ^ "A Wolf Called Romeo" "Alaska writer and photographer Nick Jans traces the compelling story of Romeo, Juneau's black wolf, through a narrated slide show, short video clips, and readings from his bestselling book, A Wolf Called Romeo."
  4. ^ Simon Worrall (22 March 2015). "How a Wolf Named Romeo Won Hearts in an Alaska Suburb". National Geographic.

External links and further readingEdit

  • Romeo, The Story of an Alaskan Wolf, John Hyde, Bunker Hill Publishing, 2010, ISBN 1593730888
  • The Glacier Wolf - True Stories of Life in Southeast Alaska, Nick Jans, Arctic Images, 2009, ISBN 0615278701
    • Nick Jans, A Wolf Called Romeo, Mariner Books (March 17, 2015), trade paperback, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0544228092
  • Deb Vanasse (Author), Nancy Slagle (Illustrator), Black Wolf of the Glacier: Alaska's Romeo, University of Alaska Press (March 15, 2013), paperback, 30 pages, (A children's book, Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool - 3) ISBN 1602231974