The Bear Book brings wildlife science to the public. This book explores the very exciting, adventurous, and always surprising world of wild bears through stories told by biologists, wildlife agency folks, photographers, wildlife writers, and others who have a good bear story to tell. Thrown into the mix are thoughtful essays, what third graders think bears dream about when they hibernate, hundreds of fascinating bear facts, spectacular bear photographs, and just about anything else that can tickle the fancy, the curiosity, and the funny bone of bear lovers. Take the story of Yinda, a strange family member. Spectacled bear expert Bernie Peyton becomes embroiled in an interesting situation in Peru when a bear is adopted by a family of rural farmers. The spectacled bear cub quickly steals the affections of the family's mother, who goes about her life with her Yinda right at her side, like her favorite small child. Bernie is called down from California by his friend wildlife photographer Heinz Plenge to help find a more suitable home for the bear. A reluctant Bernie quickly decides that what is needed is a psychiatrist, not a biologist. Nonetheless, Bernie forges on and there is a wonderfully happy ending. Or consider El Patron, a Chihuahuan Desert black bear that never saw a human habitation he couldn't break into or a landowner who didn't want him permanently removed, until Bonnie McKinney came to the rescue. Or would you be surprised to learn that a python can swallow a sun bear whole, radio collar and all? The list goes on: there are stories about sloth bears, the giant panda, European brown bears, grizzlies in Alaska, hibernating black bears in Kentucky, polar bears, sun bears, moon bears; stories from science writer and PBS commentator Sy Montgomery, wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, wildlife artist Monte Dolack, iconic conservationist and sportsman Theodore Roosevelt, from Drs. David Maehr and Shyamala Ratnayeke, and on and on. As former Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas says, the book is a real potpourri.
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Book Description Falcon Books, 2007. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 097986450X
Book Description Falcon Books, 2007. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX097986450X