In Bear Country: Adventures among North America's Largest Predators

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They terrify and fascinate us. They are moving closer to us as climate change, deforestation, and rural development diminish their habitats. Once considered rare, romantic creatures, bears are now as common in some places as raccoons. Some say we should leave them alone; others argue that responsible hunting will serve both bears and humans best. Weighing both sides of the argument, award-winning writer Jake MacDonald examines the history and behavior of the three species of bears in North ...
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Overview


They terrify and fascinate us. They are moving closer to us as climate change, deforestation, and rural development diminish their habitats. Once considered rare, romantic creatures, bears are now as common in some places as raccoons. Some say we should leave them alone; others argue that responsible hunting will serve both bears and humans best. Weighing both sides of the argument, award-winning writer Jake MacDonald examines the history and behavior of the three species of bears in North America—grizzlies, black bears, and polar bears.

Part memoir and part natural history, In Bear Country draws on the personal experiences of MacDonald and others, providing an absorbing story about the place bears occupy in our world and the place we occupy in theirs. As MacDonald skillfully weaves a compelling meditation on our continent’s largest predators, he delivers a profound and powerful message for all to consider as bear country quickly shrinks and our worlds collide.

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"A vivid book, rich in detail, about one of the earth's great creatures."
—Thomas McGuane, author of Driving on the Rim
 
"A great, great book . . . Brilliant and compelling old-fashioned storytelling."
—Roy MacGregor, author of A Life in the Bush
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762770533
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jake MacDonald is a journalist and the author of six books, including a memoir, Houseboat Chronicles, which garnered three awards, including the Pearson Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Ursus horribilus (The Grizzly Bear)

1 If You Go Down to the Woods 9

2 The Horrible Bear 43

3 Gary Shelton and the Peaceable Kingdom 61

4 Tilley Hats and Armed Security 79

5 Grizzlies Own the Night 89

Part 2 Ursus americanus (The Black Bear)

6 All the Bears That Ever There Was 109

7 Round Up the Usual Suspects 123

8 The Man Who Talks to Bears 149

9 Man-Eaters 165

Part 3 Ursus maritimus (The Polar Bear)

10 Land of the Snow Walker 187

11 Don't Walk in This Area 219

12 The Life of Brian 243

Selected Bibliography 261

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Bear Adventures

    This is a book for anyone who loves to read about bear behavior and people's attitudes toward bears. It is fascinating and is full of great stories.

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