True Stories of Bear Attacks: Who Survived and Why

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Author and wildlife expert Mike Lapinski compiled this collection of true bear-encounter stories from throughout the western United States, British Columbia, and Alaska. Some have happy endings, some fatal; all are thrilling. But there's more to this book than a heart-pounding read. Think of these as campfire stories with a higher purpose. Mike strongly advocates the use of bear pepper spray for backpackers, rangers, anglers, hunters, photographers, anybody who hikes through bear country. Repelling and ...

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Overview

Author and wildlife expert Mike Lapinski compiled this collection of true bear-encounter stories from throughout the western United States, British Columbia, and Alaska. Some have happy endings, some fatal; all are thrilling. But there's more to this book than a heart-pounding read. Think of these as campfire stories with a higher purpose. Mike strongly advocates the use of bear pepper spray for backpackers, rangers, anglers, hunters, photographers, anybody who hikes through bear country. Repelling and reconditioning bears saves lives, both human and bruin, he asserts. In TRUE STORIES OF BEAR ATTACKS. Mike also shares insights into bear behavior, why they attack, how to protect yourself in bear country, and thoughts on the future of the great bear in the Lower 48. Organizations such as the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Center for Wildlife Information, National Bear Conservation, in Missoula, Montana, have expressed support for Mike's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558686793
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 557,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Lapinski is the author of eleven outdoor and nature books and hundreds of magazine articles. His photographs have appeared as inside and cover art in a variety of magazines and books. Mike is considered an expert on the use of bear pepper spray and often speaks on this subject, bears, and self-defense for nature lovers. He lives with his wife Aggie most of the year in Superior, Montana, close to grizzlies and grizzly country. While the bears are hibernating, Mike and Aggie live in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Mike writes about jaguars, ocelots, and other wilderness animals of the Southwest.

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Table of Contents

Maps 4
Preface 7
Acknowledgments 12
Chapter 1 Bear Troubles 15
Chapter 2 Why Bears Attack 24
Chapter 3 How I Learned to Love Bear Pepper Spray 40
Chapter 4 The Remarkable Story of Bear-Deterrent Spray 52
Chapter 5 When Bear Pepper Spray Fails 74
Chapter 6 Tougher Than a Speeding Bullet 94
Chapter 7 Hunting Guides and Bears 111
Chapter 8 Bowhunters and Bears 123
Chapter 9 Photographers and Bears 138
Chapter 10 Recreationists and Bears 157
Chapter 11 Anglers and Bears 175
Chapter 12 Park Rangers and Bears 187
Chapter 13 Stopping Other Large Predators 203
Chapter 14 The Return of the Great Bear 212
For More Information 222
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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Good medium sized review of bear attacks and how to protect yourself.

    This was a good, medium length overview of why bears attack, and what to do to try to protect yourself. There are many relevant examples of when people were attacked, what they did, what worked, what didn't, and why it did or didn't work.

    This makes a very good read if you want to brush up on what to do in bear country in a hurry.

    This is a nice complement to the very comprehensive book by Stephen Herrero (Beark Attacks: Their causes and avoidance) and the briefer (but very informative) book by Tim Rubbert (Hiking with Grizzlies: Lessons Learned).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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