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

SpeciesGray wolf (Canis lupus)
Bornc. 2003
Died2009 (aged 5–6)
Nation fromAmerican
Years active6
Known forGentle-mannered interactions with humans and dogs
ResidenceMendenhall Valley, Juneau, Alaska
Named afterRomeo



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 for six years up until he was killed by poachers.[3][4]

Books about Romeo

  • 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, ISBN 1602231974

See also



  1. ^ Jans, N. (2014). A wolf called Romeo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0547858197.
  2. ^ "A Tragic Wolf Called 'Romeo' Loved Too Much, And He Deserved Better". November 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  3. ^ Jans, Nick (July 18, 2017). "The Wolf Comes Home". Alaska Magazine. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Simon Worrall (March 22, 2015). "How a Wolf Named Romeo Won Hearts in an Alaska Suburb". National Geographic. Archived from the original on March 24, 2015.