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In Kim DeLozier's world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as he's driving down the highway, or in his office while he's ...
In Kim DeLozier's world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as he's driving down the highway, or in his office while he's talking on the phone, it's just another day in the park.
You'll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit.
An hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For over thirty years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America -- and the bears from tourists who get too close.
Written with Wall Street Journal bestselling author Carolyn Jourdan who has several highly-regarded #1 Amazon bestsellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia. Her other books are "Heart in the Right Place," "Medicine Men," and "Out on a Limb."
Posted May 23, 2014
“Bear in the Back Seat” by Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan is a wonderfully entertaining collection of various experiences Kim enjoyed during his 30+ year career as a Wildlife Ranger for the National Park Service at Smoky Mountain National Park. Tasked with managing both wildlife and tourists for the mutual safety of all parties, many of Kim’s stories concern bear/tourist interaction, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic.
I myself am a retired Wildlife Biologist, so these tales really hit home for me. One thing I found particularly commendable in this book was the educational value DeLozier instilled in each tale. He frequently emphasized facts with which I fully concur. For example: “A fed bear is a dead bear” can be readily transferred to deer, elk, pronghorns and other wildlife, the point being that when well-meaning people start feeding wildlife, the animals they think they are helping often wind up dead. Once they lose their fear of humans, it is generally only a matter of time before they are injured, run over, or killed in any number of ways.
“Bear in the Back Seat” is a pleasant read. It is also written by a man who was and is an expert in his field, and thus contains many nuggets of wisdom that should be required reading before anybody is allowed inside a National Park. I myself have seen people do things so incredibly stupid and dangerous that one wonders if they left their brains at home while they went on vacation. DeLozier is more tactful than I, and has that rare ability to both teach and entertain at the same time.
“Bear in the Back Seat” is not “preachy”, but DeLozier does not pull any punches; he has an abiding respect for all wildlife that requires him to tell it like it is. Anyone who enjoys getting away from it all, camping in a National or State Park, backpacking in a Wilderness Area or just fishing along a remote stream, will appreciate and enjoy these tales. I highly recommend reading this book before your next outing. It could possibly save you a lot of grief.