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

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

by Jim Rearden

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Between 1915 and 1955 adventure-seeking Frank Glaser, a latter-day Far North Mountain Man, trekked across wilderness Alaska on foot, by wolf-dog team, and eventually, by airplane.

In his career he was a market hunter, trapper, roadhouse owner, professional dog team musher, and federal predator agent. A naturalist at heart, he learned from personal observation the life secrets of moose, caribou, foxes, wolverines, mountain sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves—especially wolves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882409351
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 04/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 576,147
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jim Rearden has been a resident of Alaska since 1950. Among his various Alaskan jobs, Rearden has been a college professor, a gandy dancer for the Alaska Railroad, a registered big game guide, a carpenter, commercial fisherman, construction laborer, management biologist for commercial fisheries (Alaska Department of Fish and Game), and a freelance writer/photographer. He served 12 years on the Alaska Board of Fish and Game and Alaska Board of Game. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere where he served 18 months. He has written 29 books on Alaskan subjects and 500 magazine articles for about 40 different magazines around the world. For 20 years he was Outdoors Editor for Alaska Magazine, and simultaneously a Field Editor for Outdoor Life magazine. He holds wildlife conservation degrees from Oregon State University and the University of Maine, as well as an honorary Dr. of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives in Homer, Alaska with his wife Audrey, in a log house he built himself.

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During the 12 years I lived alone in the Savage River wilderness I was constantly aware that if I became injured or ill I was on my own. My close neighbors were bears, caribou, moose and other wild animals, but no people. Mrs. Green’s suggestion that I “..could sit in the sled and let my nice doggies bring me to Healy,” was, of course, nonsense. I was always careful not to fall when I was on my trapline or traveling in the mountains. I used an axe with great care. I guarded against fire at my cabins. I handled my traps with special care; most were small and light enough so I could open them with my hands, although a few required a special clamp to open. I was careful in handling my guns. I was cautious on river and lake ice. In short, I was always aware that I could not expect help if I got hurt or became seriously ill. But I couldn’t guard against everything.

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