[unique large thumb url="mourner-give-wolf-biologist-howling-send-off" filename="http://howlcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/gordon-haber.jpg" year="2009" month="11" day="13"] [thumbnail icon url="mourners-give-wolf-biologist-howling-send-off" filename="news" year="2009" month="11" day="13"] The death of Gordon Haber saddened the entire wolf community, but at a memorial service in Alaska allowed dozens of mourners to say goodbye.
Friends literally howled in tribute to Gordon Haber on Saturday as more than 80 people filled the Campbell Creek Science Center at a memorial for the fiery wolf biologist.
Haber died in an Oct. 14 plane crash in Denali National Park and Preserve, one of countless flights he’s made during decades of single-minded study of eastern Denali wolves. Speakers Saturday remembered that devotion as well as Haber’s famously sometimes-thorny personality.
“Gordon was a brilliant and dedicated scientist. He was quirky, he was obstinate, but most of all he was a fearless advocate for wolves,” said wildlife photographer Johnny Johnson, a longtime friend.
At one point he led the crowd in a group howl. “He’d like that,” Johnson said, pointing to the sky after 30 seconds of yowls… [read the full article]- Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News