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In the Company of Wild Bears: A Celebration of Backcountry Grizzlies and Black Bears

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Publisher Comments:

Most people conjure up fearful images of mammoth-sized grizzlies with gaping mouths full of razor sharp teeth when they think of bears, but wilderness aficionado Howard Smith and internationally acclaimed photographer Michael H. Francis show another side to these massive bruins. In the Company of Wild Bears melds fascinating real-life human-bear encounters with never before seen world-class photography to create a unique experience most readers have only dreamed about. Instead of scaring people out of the forest, In the Company of Wild Bears  invites them in to take a closer look at the lives of these incredible beasts.

Join Smith as he takes a Beaver floatplane to the majestic mountains of Alaska to mingle with Alaskan brown bears, treks the Teton Wilderness to get an up-close and personal glimpse of grizzlies, and almost gets bowled over by a mother black bear and cub who crash, bam, and boom through the brambles on the Appalachian Trail—literally missing him by inches. Smiths deeply descriptive writing makes you feel like youre right there on the trail experiencing everything firsthand as he does.

Also included are numerous informational sidebars on bear protection, hibernation, understanding bear language, sharing living spaces with bears, and more. And with the continued threat of grizzlies being an endangered species, a new light is cast on the important value of bears in the wilderness. Each chance encounter will leave your mind racing, your heart pounding, and your feet itching to get out into the woods on your own.

Review:

"Smith (Yellowstone Memories) delivers a loving tribute to the Ursidae family that will delight animal enthusiasts and could even make a convert of famed (and faux) bear-hater Stephen Colbert. Smith combines accounts of his true-life encounters with bears across North America, from Alaska's Talkeetna Mountains to the Grand Teton and Shenandoah National Parks, with no-nonsense sidebars that dispense useful information for people interested in seeing bears firsthand. Supported on almost every page by Francis's gorgeous photos, the book more than meets Smith's goal of providing an account that is 'representative of what it means to walk in bear country.' One of the most entertaining adventures involves an exploration of Wyoming's Pilgrim Creek near Grand Teton National Park, which also features Smith's surprisingly rugged West Highland terrier. Smith's explorations also serve to counter what he calls 'sensational' stories about bear maulings so he can encourage people to safely explore the backcountry. The book is best at showing that bears are 'a metaphor for simply enjoying the sparkling wonder of wildness.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

This volume features stories and b&w and color photos of black bears, Alaskan brown bears, and grizzlies. The stories are accounts of Smith's encounters with the animals, and he supplements this with tips on understanding bear language, protection, hibernation, sharing living space, differences between species, and poaching. There is no index or bibliography. Smith is the author of Mountain Harmonies: Walking the Western Wildernesses. Francis is a wildlife photographer and the author of 30 books. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Real-life human-bear encounters with black bears, grizzlies, and Alaskan brown bears.

Synopsis:

Real-life human-bear encounters with black bears, grizzlies, and Alaskan brown bears.

Synopsis:

Most people conjure up fearful images of mammoth-sized grizzlies with razor-sharp teeth when they think of bears, but In the Company of Wild Bears shows another side to these massive bruins. It melds fascinating real-life humanbear encounters with world-class photography to create a unique experience most readers have only dreamed of. Instead of scaring people out of the woods, In the Company of Wild Bears invites them in to take a closer look at the lives of these incredible beasts.

About the Author

Howard Smith is an inveterate wilderness junkie with a passion for anything outdoors, especially hiking, rafting and backpacking. His book, Mountain Harmonies: Walking the Western Wildernesses, chronicles his love of wild lands. He has also written 250 journal articles and six professional texts. 
 
Michael H. Francis is an internationally renowned wildlife photographer with thirty single-photographer books to his credit. His work has been published by the National Geographic Society, The Audubon Society, The National Wildlife Federation and Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield magazines, among many others. 

Table of Contents

Contents
 
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction

1

Return to Primal Ways

2

Walking with Alaskas Great Bear

3

Baileys Bodacious Teton Adventure

4

Ears Back; Cub at Side

5

Oso Canella

6

Searching for Grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies

7

Wheres Bear?

8

Pass it On

9

The Magic of Wildness

10

Bears, Humans, and the Spirit of Place

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592289523
Author:
Smith, Howard
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Photographer:
Francis, Michael H.
Author:
Francis, Michael H.
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Bears
Subject:
Human-animal relationships -- North America.
Subject:
Bears - Behavior - North America
Subject:
Animals - Bears
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Nature Studies - Bears
Subject:
Animals
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page color insert; bandw throughout
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smith (Yellowstone Memories) delivers a loving tribute to the Ursidae family that will delight animal enthusiasts and could even make a convert of famed (and faux) bear-hater Stephen Colbert. Smith combines accounts of his true-life encounters with bears across North America, from Alaska's Talkeetna Mountains to the Grand Teton and Shenandoah National Parks, with no-nonsense sidebars that dispense useful information for people interested in seeing bears firsthand. Supported on almost every page by Francis's gorgeous photos, the book more than meets Smith's goal of providing an account that is 'representative of what it means to walk in bear country.' One of the most entertaining adventures involves an exploration of Wyoming's Pilgrim Creek near Grand Teton National Park, which also features Smith's surprisingly rugged West Highland terrier. Smith's explorations also serve to counter what he calls 'sensational' stories about bear maulings so he can encourage people to safely explore the backcountry. The book is best at showing that bears are 'a metaphor for simply enjoying the sparkling wonder of wildness.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Real-life human-bear encounters with black bears, grizzlies, and Alaskan brown bears.
"Synopsis" by ,
Real-life human-bear encounters with black bears, grizzlies, and Alaskan brown bears.
"Synopsis" by ,
Most people conjure up fearful images of mammoth-sized grizzlies with razor-sharp teeth when they think of bears, but In the Company of Wild Bears shows another side to these massive bruins. It melds fascinating real-life humanbear encounters with world-class photography to create a unique experience most readers have only dreamed of. Instead of scaring people out of the woods, In the Company of Wild Bears invites them in to take a closer look at the lives of these incredible beasts.

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