Photo: Romeo returns

Wildlife artist Brain Kadrmas, right, and Brian Henes of Dakota Taxidermy in Bismarck, North Dakota, build a new wolf exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The exhibit includes the stuffed pelt of the local black wolf known as Romeo that was illegally shot in 2009. The U.S. Forest Service will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the intermission between repeat lectures by Alaskan writer and photographer Nick Jans on Friday. Jans helped raise more than $40,000 to construct the new exhibit that includes two interpretive panels, a bronze cast of the wolf's paw print, and his recorded howls. "The completion of this exhibit has been a long time coming," Jans said. "Hard to believe it's been more than seven years, but the important thing is that we're here. We did all we could to make this exhibit the best it could be, and it will be a lasting part of Juneau's history."

Wildlife artist Brain Kadrmas, right, and Brian Henes of Dakota Taxidermy in Bismarck, North Dakota, build a new wolf exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Tuesday.

The exhibit includes the stuffed pelt of the local black wolf known as Romeo that was illegally shot in 2009. The U.S. Forest Service will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the intermission between repeat lectures by Alaskan writer and photographer Nick Jans on Friday. Jans helped raise more than $40,000 to construct the new exhibit that includes two interpretive panels, a bronze cast of the wolf’s paw print, and his recorded howls.

“The completion of this exhibit has been a long time coming,” Jans said. “Hard to believe it’s been more than seven years, but the important thing is that we’re here. We did all we could to make this exhibit the best it could be, and it will be a lasting part of Juneau’s history.”

Fred Skinner 8 months ago
In the summer of 2010, I traveled to Juneau, where my friend Mike Weber told me the tragic story of Romeo.  So sad.  I am unafraid to admit that we both had tears in our eyes as we walked to Rainy Day Books that day.
Karen Cohen 8 months ago
I came upon Romeo's plaque, plus the book "A Wolf Called Romeo", during a visit to Juneau last August, and read it after I left. Now I carry Romeo in my heart. Lord willing, I'll return to Alaska this year, and the high point of my visit will be gazing at this animal through the glass, and seeing the Mendenhall Recreation Area through his eyes. I love you, Romeo! And I always will. Karen Cohen

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