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Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem

By Kevin Van Tighem

Fear of bears turns out nearly to be a part of what it truly is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a global already populated through those nice carnivores. prior to we mastered iron and later built firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears in simple terms watchful warning and complex ceremonies and sacrifices to push back fear.

Where human populations develop, bears have commonly diminished or disappeared. but if we go back to the wild, to locations the place bears nonetheless live to tell the tale, all our primeval fears wake up back. the chance of an motor vehicle twist of fate so one can undergo state some distance outstrips the chance of a close-range stumble upon with a endure, yet its the undergo that concerns us as we hurtle down the pavement at 100 kilometres an hour.

In this well timed and delicate ebook, Kevin Van Tighem calls on many years of expertise, wisdom and figuring out on the way to enlighten readers approximately our courting with and perspective towards bears. alongside the best way we're faced with the realities confronting those nice animals due to our ever-expanding human inhabitants and their ever-shrinking usual habitat. via old study, box commentary, sensible suggestion, own anecdotes and an array of wonderful photographs, Van Tighem has written a finished publication that's intended to demystify bears with the intention to advertise a deeper realizing of those robust but susceptible creatures.

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Bears Without Fear

Worry of bears turns out virtually to join what it's to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a international already populated via those nice carnivores. prior to we mastered iron and later built firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears merely watchful warning and complex ceremonies and sacrifices to beat back worry.

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It’s an ambitious plan. Today’s mountain landscape is fragmented by roads, clear-cuts, mines and resorts – the “multiple abuse” Andy railed against for half a century. But early successes – like the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Waterton Park Front project and the BC government’s decision, in 2011, to permanently ban mining in the North Fork Flathead River drainage – point the way. At the very heart of the Y2Y region, the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition has worked for years to persuade the Alberta government to honour its 1992 promise to protect the spectacular grizzly country into which Andy 50 and Kay once led their clients.

Knopf. “I showed him a selection of one hundred or so wildlife photographs I’d brought out with me,” said Andy. “There were pictures there of the head and shoulders of a grizzly, all kinds of wildlife photos. ’” Grizzly Country, the book, was published in 1967 and became an instant bestseller. Over one hundred thousand copies have sold so far around the world. Grizzly Country’s anecdotal style and in-depth, sympathetic portrayal of grizzlies and the threats to their wilderness habitat played a pivotal role in building public awareness of the value and vulnerability of bears and other wildlife.

Old Mose was rumoured to have killed three 31 men and eight hundred head of cattle, making him a powerful emblem of the viciousness of bears. Where written records survive, however, the violent encounters between man and grizzly that dominate western sculptures, paintings and legend take on a more poignant flavour. Cowboys or hunters actually triggered many grizzly attacks when they shot and wounded the bears on sight. Old Mose, for example, was full of healed-over bullet wounds when he finally died.

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