Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone

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"Wildness is something best measured in the dark. On black, moonless nights when the horizon goes limp, and every scratch and thud and snap of branch outside the tent touches off spot fires in your brain. Sort of like now. The sow grizzly is back again, circling, gulping down the dark and blowing it out again through her nose." So begins Gary Ferguson's tale of his three-month odyssey at Hawks Rest in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Beginning with a hundred-mile hike to reach Hawks Rest, Ferguson ...

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Overview

"Wildness is something best measured in the dark. On black, moonless nights when the horizon goes limp, and every scratch and thud and snap of branch outside the tent touches off spot fires in your brain. Sort of like now. The sow grizzly is back again, circling, gulping down the dark and blowing it out again through her nose." So begins Gary Ferguson's tale of his three-month odyssey at Hawks Rest in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Beginning with a hundred-mile hike to reach Hawks Rest, Ferguson recounts his adventures observing grizzly bears, tracking wolf packs, and encountering other wildlife in what is now the largest intact ecosystem in the temperate world. Along the way he meets an intriguing array of backcountry hikers, park rangers, elk hunters, outfitters, and wildlife biologists all grappling with the challenges of preserving this magnificent slice of wilderness. Personal, poignant, and often gripping, Hawks Rest celebrates "this profusion of things fierce and vast and thrilling" as it chronicles the stresses that threaten America's most beloved wilderness lands.

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The Los Angeles Times
A good book about wilderness is like an Irish wake; it fortifies you against the loss. Mournful and defiant as a wolf howl, Hawks Rest is an eloquent tribute to a threatened place and its lone protectors. — Frank Clifford
Library Journal
Many would agree that the Yellowstone National Park that nature writer Ferguson teaches us about in this gentle book contains the most remote wilderness left in the lower 48 states. That said, it is surprising to learn of the eclectic people whom he encountered: well-heeled hunters, troubled inner-city kids, and such unique individuals as Lone Eagle Woman and park ranger Action Jackson. Of course, some of the main characters include elk, grizzly bears, and wolves. Where there are animals that can be hunted or that may turn and hunt humans and/or their livestock, there are controversies, politics, and disagreements. Ferguson gives us an evenhanded view of both sides of these complex issues. Written in an agreeable style, this book belongs in all Yellowstone and Wyoming collections. Recommended for larger public libraries, and environmental and nature collections should also consider. (Map not seen.)-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792268918
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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