Where the Grizzly Walks: The Future of the Great Bear

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Admired for its majesty and often feared for its strength, speed, and supposed aggressiveness, the grizzly bear was once unchallenged as the great apex predator of the American West. By the 1970s, however, hunting and habitat loss had reduced its numbers in the lower 48 states to a mere 1000 animals occupying just 2 percent of the bear's former range. Where the Grizzly Walks: The Future of the Great Bear assesses the grizzly's current status and its uncertain prospects at the ...

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Overview

Admired for its majesty and often feared for its strength, speed, and supposed aggressiveness, the grizzly bear was once unchallenged as the great apex predator of the American West. By the 1970s, however, hunting and habitat loss had reduced its numbers in the lower 48 states to a mere 1000 animals occupying just 2 percent of the bear's former range. Where the Grizzly Walks: The Future of the Great Bear assesses the grizzly's current status and its uncertain prospects at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Providing a future for the grizzly bear is a huge endeavor. As the bear's only enemy (except for bigger bears), man relentlessly continues to penetrate every corner of the last wild places. The traditional wilderness home of the grizzly is now at or near carrying capacity, and the bear population is expanding into rural communities and nontraditional habitat where there have been no grizzlies for decades. It's a setup for conflict.
Many bear books have sections advocating the preservation of the grizzly, but no other book devotes all its pages to how we can save the great bear from modern civilization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762726028
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Schneider is the author of 17 books about the outdoors, including the best-selling Bear Aware, a quick-reference guide to living in grizzly country. A former wilderness professional in the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, he is the co-founder and former president of Falcon Publishing. He lives and writes full-time in Helena, Montana.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Prologue: The Grizzly Landscape xv
Past and Present-Day Grizzly Bear Habitat Map xvi
Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones Map xvii
The Bear People xxv
Acronyms for Dummies xxvi
1. The Passing of Old Ephraim 1
Chronology of the Grizzly Bear 12
A Few Bears I've Met: The grizzly is more than a bear 15
2. The Ninemile Grizzly 19
Living with Bears 27
3. Strange Bedfellows 29
The Governor and the Grizzly 47
Is One Too Many? 49
4. The Great Grizzly Gamble 53
An Unacceptable Species 74
5. A Most Delicate Balance 77
A Few Bears I've Met: If you don't have dreams, they can't come true 90
6. The B Team 97
Raising Grizzly Bears 111
7. The Hair of the Bear 113
Why Do We Need Grizzly Bears? 124
8. Minimal and Acceptable 129
A Few Ways to Die 136
The Bear Essentials of Hiking and Camping in Bear Country 145
A Few Bears I've Met: Bad things happen when you don't take your own advice 146
9. How Much Aversive Is Enough? 151
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Bear Pepper Spray Position Paper 158
A Few Bears I've Met: Just when you think you're in control, something reminds you that you aren't 160
10. Killing Trout to Save Bears 163
The Original 173
A Few Bears I've Met: Never depend on a bear to do what a bear is supposed to do 176
11. Ecosystem Thinking in Touristland 179
How Would We Notice? 186
12. Nibbled to Death 189
Management by Elimination 202
What Is the Greatest Threat to the Grizzly Bear? 205
13. The Bear Medicine 209
The Legend of the Medicine Grizzly 217
14. Running the Trapline 219
Thinking Grizzly 235
Epilogue: Reflections of Pages Past--What We Need to Do to Save the Grizzly Bear 237
A Few Bears I've Met: I heard the requiem sound 253
Bibliography 255
Index 263
About the Author 275
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