Ghost Grizzlies

Ghost Grizzlies

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by David Petersen
     
 

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By 1952 it was thought the grizzly bear had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so, through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains in the southern-most part of the state. Then, one spooky September evening in… See more details below

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By 1952 it was thought the grizzly bear had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so, through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains in the southern-most part of the state. Then, one spooky September evening in 1979, a flesh-and-blood grizzly sow was surprised on its daybed in the South San Juans by a bowhunter ... and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? As author and veteran outdoorsman David Petersen takes us along on his quest for evidence of "the next 'last' Colorado grizzly," we find ourselves enjoying a masterful mystery unfolding, character by adventure, page by riveting page. Although Ghost Grizzlies is set in Colorado, it stands as a timeless metaphor for every wild place and creature that finds itself under the gun of human encroachment still today. This revised 3rd edition has a new cover, 12 new pages of b/w photos, and updates.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Officially, the last grizzly bear in Colorado was killed in 1952. Yet in 1979, a hunting outfitter was mauled by a grizzly in the San Juan Mountains (he survived). Since then, there have been a few reported sightings without scientific confirmation. Nature writer and outdoorsman Petersen is convinced that grizzlies still exist in the San Juans, and he spent four years exploring areas where the bears were seen. His forays into this pristine wilderness were made on foot and on horseback. Petersen writes about the San Juan Grizzly Project, which has explored the possibility of reintroduction (strongly opposed by ranchers and hunters). He discusses the politics of wildlife management in Colorado and ponders how much wildness its citizens want. This is a sharp portrait of the conflict between people and wilderness, a fine complement to Peacock's Grizzly Years. (Aug.)
Booknews
The author summarizes the views of hunters, ranchers, wildlife managers, and biologists on the existence and desirability of grizzly bears in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. He details the work of the San Juan Grizzly Project, and offers accounts of sightings and encounters with the bears in this first-person narrative. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981658414
Publisher:
Ravens Eye Press LLC
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
947,511
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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