Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to Yukon on the Grizzly Bear's Trail

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Accompanied by a Remarkable Border Collie Named Webster, Karsten Heuer set off on a grand adventure: to move through the land as a bear or wolf might, 2,200 miles along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. There were times when the journey felt like a meditation, and times when the scale of the trek overwhelmed him. He lost one girlfriend, found another, and kept hiking despite the suspicions of hunters, ranchers, and miners. He faced ferocious storms, avalanches, and raging rivers. And then there were the ...
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Overview

Accompanied by a Remarkable Border Collie Named Webster, Karsten Heuer set off on a grand adventure: to move through the land as a bear or wolf might, 2,200 miles along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. There were times when the journey felt like a meditation, and times when the scale of the trek overwhelmed him. He lost one girlfriend, found another, and kept hiking despite the suspicions of hunters, ranchers, and miners. He faced ferocious storms, avalanches, and raging rivers. And then there were the grizzlies...
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Far-ranging grizzlies, elk and wolves don't know where the parks and preserves established to protect them end and much less hospitable public (and private) land begins. Thus, environmentalists have focused on creating wilderness corridors along which animals-mammals, birds and even fish-can migrate from one seasonal "island" habitat to another. Canadian wildlife biologist Heuer gives a harrowing, humorous, engagingly personal and unabashedly polemical account of his 2,100-mile trek along one such potential link, from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to Watson Lake in the Canadian Yukon, along what activists hope will become the Y2Y (Yellowstone to the Yukon) corridor. Heuer hiked, skied, snowshoed and canoed his way along Rocky Mountain ridges, across icy rivers and through near-impenetrable forests; he encountered heart-stopping beauty and soul-soothing calm, as well as harsh winter storms, clouds of voracious mosquitoes and fierce opposition from logging and mining interests. He also found signs that the grizzly-the animal most vulnerable to the creeping incursion of logging roads, oil pipelines and suburban sprawl-was somehow hanging on. Heuer's journey is exciting, and his passionate vision of a network of protected pathways connecting two mostly pristine wilderness areas is inspiring. Photos, maps. (Jan. 20) Forecast: The extensive coverage of Heuer's trek in newspapers along his route suggests the possibility of solid regional sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Big Wild, also called Y2Y, is the proposed wildlife corridor running from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon Territory in Canada. It currently contains protected and semiprotected areas that wildlife may have trouble traveling owing to development. The Y2Y idea promotes the protection of the entire corridor, so that animals needing large areas for healthy species survival can continue to thrive. In part to explore the true possibility of this venture and in part to promote and educate, Heuer, a wildlife biologist and former park warden, traveled this 2200-mile corridor on and off for a year. By foot, ski, and canoe, the author, along with his dog and an occasional companion, stop along the way to speak to locals and finish preparations for the leg ahead. This book, through its portrayal of the area and its wildlife, is an exploration of what the corridor would be protecting. Encounters with hunters, loggers, and wildlife highlight issues related to the project. Recommended for all environmental collections, particularly in areas impacted by the Y2Y proposa-Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898869835
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,066,356
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Map xii
Prologue ix
Chapter 11
Chapter 218
Chapter 344
Chapter 468
Chapter 588
Chapter 6103
Chapter 7124
Chapter 8144
Chapter 9168
Chapter 10185
Chapter 11199
Chapter 12216
Epilogue 231
Acknowledgements 235
Further Reading and Resources 237
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