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From the Introduction
Yet in the midst of this unprecedented carnage, winds of change began to blow. A core of daring men stepped forward and questioned the accepted public opinion, that the only good bear was a dead bear. Through the printed word, and through their actions and deeds, these men spread a new gospelthat the universally vilified, feared and loathed grizzly bear was instead a noble beast more worthy of our admiration than a bullet through its heart.
These men, plus a number of others-some famous, some not-stood in the gap and courageously halted the fusillade of bullets, traps, poison and poor policy in their circles of influence to staunch the flow of innocent blood and bring the grizzly back from the brink of extinction.
They're old now, these men who once were young and virile, and strident of step and keen of wit. Their eyes have grown dim, shoulders stooped and gait slowed. And someAdams, Wright, Roosevelt, Frank Craighead and Howard Copenhaverhave passed from among us. But for a season, their hearts and spirits burned with an unquenchable fire to preserve this great lumbering beast. Thanks to them, the flame of conservation and preservation of the grizzly glows brightly today.