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An incredible story of personal transformation.
Linda Jo Hunter was terrified of bears, but she longed for the solitude of the wilderness. Setting aside her fears, she became an expert tracker and guide and sought out the company of wild animals. As caretakers and guides at Redoubt Bay Lodge in Alaska, Hunter and her husband lived side by side with brown bears, learning to understand their behavior and growing to miss their company when they left them behind at the end of each season. This moving account of life among bears offers new insights into bear behavior and makes a compelling case for preserving the magnificent and fascinating brown bear.
It was a long journey from being terrified of bears to missing their company. In fact, it took me about fourteen years of study. When my husband and I moved to Washington State in 1987, I discovered how much I love solo wilderness travel. I was determined to get over my fears, so I studied the art and science of tracking. Tracking has taken me down many roads. I have tracked humans for Search and Rescue and taken classes from master trackers in all disciplines. Through tracking, I began to learn more about animal behavior, especially the habits of the animals that frightened me the most—bears.
Contents Acknowledgments Author’s Note Prologue Chapter 1. Getting Interested in Bears Chapter 2. 2002 Summer Season Chapter 3. 2003 Summer Season Chapter 4. 2004 Summer Season Chapter 5. 2005 Summer Season Chapter 6. Bears and the Environment Chapter 7. Bears from Other Times Chapter 8. Bears from Other Places Chapter 9. A Bear Mauling Chapter 10. Are Bears Dangerous? Chapter 11. Encounter Strategies Bibliography About the Author About the Photographer