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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.
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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Alaska s Wolf Man
Alaska s Wolf Man
The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser
Copyright 1998 by Jim Rearden
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission of the publisher.
The print edition is available from
Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc.
Library of Congress
Catalog Card Number 98-66445
ISBN 978-1-57510-047-0
ISBN (e-book) 978-0-88240-935-1
Cover Graphics Mike Egeler
Typography, Map Book Design Arrow Graphics
Published by Alaska Northwest Books
An imprint of

P.O. Box 56118
Portland, Oregon 97238-6118
Introduction, by Governor Jay Hammond
B OOK O NE : M ARKET H UNTING , 1915-1924
1. To Alaska
2. Fairbanks
3. Market Hunting
4. The Chetaslina Grizzly
5. In the Army
6. Freighting With Dogs
7. The Box Canyon Grizzly
8. Doctor s Orders
9. Trapping Caribou
10. A Miner Alone
B OOK T WO : A T S AVAGE R IVER , 1924-1937
11. At Savage River
12. Savage River Wolves
13. The Wolf Dogs
14. A Few Mosquito Bites
15. Queenie
16. Kenai
17. Ghost Grizzly
18. Moose and Caribou
19. My Lady Judas
20. Hunting Wolves
21. The Neighborhood Killers
22. The Wolverine
23. Government Wolf Hunter
24. To the White Mountains
25. At Mount Hayes
26. To the Arctic
27. Amaguq Frank
28. The Teller Wolf
29. Aerial Wolf Hunting
30. Will Wolves Attack a Man?
Previously published Rearden-Glaser stories
About the Author
In 1940, when a letter arrived at Fairbanks, Alaska, addressed to The Wolf Man, it was promptly delivered to Frank Glaser, a wolf hunter (officially, Predator Control Agent) for the federal government.
Frank Glaser possessed encyclopedic knowledge of Alaska s wolves and other wildlife; he was also an expert at living in Alaska s wilderness. From 1915 to 1955 he led an adventurous life in Alaska as a market hunter, roadhouse operator, dog team freighter, big game guide, collector of wildlife specimens for the federal government, trapper, explorer, breeder of wolf-dogs, and federal wolf hunter.
Glaser s views on wildlife were those of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when hunting and hunters were respected as an important segment of society. During his time a primary goal of wildlife conservation was to eliminate predators, and the Territory of Alaska as well as most states paid bounties for the killing of bad wild animals in the belief that this would benefit good wildlife.
Glaser was fascinated by all wild animals, but he was especially drawn to the wolf. When wolves became abundant near his Savage River trapping cabin in the Alaska Range after the mid-1920s he had an opportunity afforded a privileged few-that of daily observing good numbers of wild wolves. For more than a decade as wolf howls resounded among the mountains and tundra flats around his lonely cabin, he watched the big predators hunt and kill, mate and raise young, fight, and kill and eat one another. Several captive wolves he kept also contributed to his knowledge, as did the wolf-dogs he bred. He admired wolves for their intelligence and skill as hunters. At the same time he was determined to kill as many of them as he could to protect caribou, moose, and wild sheep.
Comments of his associates give some insight into Frank Glaser, the man, the woodsman, the companion, the hunter, the trapper:
Sam O. White, himself a top woodsman, once told me, Frank Glaser was a loner. He much preferred to be in the woods and out on his own. He was one of the most skilled and toughest woods-men in Alaska. He was tireless on the trail.
For many years White was a wildlife agent for the Bureau of Biological Survey in Alaska. For several years he and Glaser worked together for the Survey and its successive agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Glaser was an expert on extended trips through the wilderness, and always knew where he was. He knew how to use every little advantage the terrain or foliage offered. Frank was never at a loss in the woods; he was as much at home there as a wild animal. He was an expert at finding edible roots and bulbs and other plants to supplement his diet. He was also good with a soup bone, said White.
White added, I searched for one of his camps once in a clump of spruce timber, and although I knew pretty well where it was I was hard put to find it. Another of his skills was being able to call just about any animal in the woods.
He could gain the confidence of captured animals very quickly. He trapped a huge black wolf on Goldstream [near Fairbanks] one winter. That wolf had a head as big as a bear s-one of the biggest wolves I ve ever seen. Frank kept him in an old cabin on a chain and he would walk nonchalantly into the cabin with water and food for the animal. While the wolf was mostly sullen, he never offered to attack. I wouldn t have ventured into that cabin unless that wolf had been trussed in chains, claimed Sam.
Frank killed a lot of wildlife, but he used it all. He was a natural conservationist. He did not ordinarily kill for sport- only for food and clothing. Even when it made no difference legally he always killed bulls rather than cow moose or caribou; the same with sheep-he shot rams, not ewes, said White.
Dr. Wilson L. Du Comb of Carlyle, Illinois, engaged Glaser as a hunting guide in September, 1935. In 1978, Du Comb wrote me, We were both young men then, I was 34 and Frank was in his early forties. I slept in the cabin on Savage River that Frank built alone in ten days. Sod roof and dirt floor, but with a good stove and plenty of firewood it was very comfortable. It was with Frank that I killed my first grizzly, in fact my first bear of any kind. I cannot praise him too highly. Frank Glaser was a gentleman, an excellent guide and a fine companion.
Oscar H. Vogel, trapper, guide, premier outdoorsman and long-time Alaskan, met Glaser in 1934. He told me, During the years from about 1930 to 1940 when wolves were ravishing Alaska, Frank was wolfing the whole northern part of the Alaska Range east of McKinley Park. He worked the year around getting rid of wolves, digging dens in the spring, trapping and snaring in winter. At the same time I was trapping, shooting, and snaring wolves in the Talkeetnas.
Frank knew wolves just about from A to Zed, living with them year in and out. He was well established when I was only beginning and he gave me many valuable tips on trapping, every one of which proved effective, said Vogel.
Dr. Neil W. Hosley, a FWS employee and one-time Leader of the Alaska Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and later the Dean of that university, made field trips with Glaser in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He told me, Frank Glaser was a careful observer and his stock of information, particularly on wolves, led to his employment as a Predator Control Agent of the FWS. He worked with Adolph Murie during the studies which led to Murie s classic book The Wolves of Mount McKinley , and Murie included Glaser s observations in the volume.
Hosley, referring to Glaser s years as a government wolf hunter, said, Frank s first three days in the office after a field trip were at least tolerable to him since reports had to be written. But then he got itchy to get out in the boondocks again. In midwinter with deep snow and temperatures well below zero, he would decide that the wolves somewhere, perhaps in the Alaska Range, needed control. A pilot with a ski-equipped plane would set him down at the selected place with his pack, rifle and snowshoes. Then for a week or so, he was alone in his element and happy.
Tireless on the trail, Frank had an energetic rolling gait that came from years of following dog teams, snowshoeing, and traveling over the rugged outback of Alaska. He drifted along seemingly with little effort. When afield his rifle was a part of him, and his shooting was that of an expert. A good rifleman needs superb eyesight, which Glaser had; even in his 60s he did not wear glasses.
In the early 1950s, drawings were held for permits to shoot bison bulls in the herd that roams near Delta Junction. Frank, in his 60s, was one of the FWS officials who accompanied lucky permit holders. A university professor drew a permit and was accompanied by Frank. Dr. Hosley went along as an observer. I ve never shot a big game animal, the professor admitted.
That s all right. I ll help if necessary, Frank smiled.
Frank found a suitable bull for the professor and told him to shoot it. Two shots rang out at almost the same instant; the professor s bullet went into the bull s chest, and Frank s hit at the base of the ear.
Jim King, now of Juneau, recalled for me some of his memories of Glaser. I went to work in Fairbanks for the FWS as an Enforcement Agent trainee in the fall of 1951 at the age of 23 (King retired as a biologist from the FWS in Alaska after many years of mostly waterfowl studies; for years he was a Flyway Biologist stationed in Alaska). Frank was 62 then and had been working as a Predator Control Agent for 14 years. That fall Ray Woolford, Agent-in-Charge, was assigned to a three months deta

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