9780762736539

Grizzlies and Grizzled Old Men : A Tribute to Those Who Fought to Save the Great Bear

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    9780762736539

  • ISBN10:

    0762736534

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: FalconGuides
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Summary

Grizzlies and Grizzled Old Men is a tribute to the core of men who were largely responsible for saving the grizzly bear from extinction by questioning public opinion and policies of their day, a time before professional biologists and wildlife managers developed strategies for proper human coexistence with the grizzly. The book begins with a brief history about how the grizzly was pushed to the verge of extinction and then each of the following chapters focuses on one of the men who promoted the plight of the grizzly bear through printed word, actions, or deeds. Lastly, the book discusses the generation of men and women who labour today to conserve the grizzly and offers the reader approaches to take up the cause.

Author Biography

Mike Lapinski is an award-winning author whose eleven books include Globe Pequot's Death in the Grizzly Maze and Wilderness Predators of the Rockies. His recent nature book, Elk Mystique, won the Walsworth book-of-the-month award. Mike is also a contributing editor of Bowhunter Magazine, and other outdoor magazines. 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Great Bear Eradicationp. 1
Early Bear Loversp. 31
Bud Cheff: Living among Indians and Grizzliesp. 57
Bud Moore: Yearning for the Great Bear's Return to the Bitterrootsp. 73
Howard Copenhaver: Loving Wilderness and Grizzliesp. 91
John and Frank Craighead: Pioneering Modern Bear Biologyp. 107
Dr. Chuck Jonkel: Saving the Grizzly along the Canadian Borderp. 125
Carrie Hunt: Using Bear Dogs and Tough Love to Save Problem Bearsp. 145
Chuck Bartlebaugh: Ensuring Proper Behavior in Bear Countryp. 157
Doug Peacock: Searching for Sanity and Understanding among Grizzliesp. 169
Conclusion: Just Leave the @#%$& Grizzlies Alone!p. 179
Bibliographyp. 183
About the Authorp. 187
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From the Introduction

Yet in the midst of this unprecedented carnage, winds of change began to blow. A core of daring men stepped forward and questioned the accepted public opinion, that the only good bear was a dead bear. Through the printed word, and through their actions and deeds, these men spread a new gospel--that the universally vilified, feared and loathed grizzly bear was instead a noble beast more worthy of our admiration than a bullet through its heart.

These men, plus a number of others-some famous, some not-stood in the gap and courageously halted the fusillade of bullets, traps, poison and poor policy in their circles of influence to staunch the flow of innocent blood and bring the grizzly back from the brink of extinction.

They're old now, these men who once were young and virile, and strident of step and keen of wit. Their eyes have grown dim, shoulders stooped and gait slowed. And some--Adams, Wright, Roosevelt, Frank Craighead and Howard Copenhaver--have passed from among us. But for a season, their hearts and spirits burned with an unquenchable fire to preserve this great lumbering beast. Thanks to them, the flame of conservation and preservation of the grizzly glows brightly today.

Excerpted from Grizzlies and Grizzled Old Men: A Tribute to Those Who Fought to Save the Great Bear by Mike Lapinski
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