Elkheart: A Personal Tribute to Wapiti and Their World

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From his self-built cabin in the southern Rockies and throughout the wilderness West, Petersen has spent the past twenty years observing, studying, praising, and defending the grand wild beasts that animate his daily world. Especially so the elk, a miraculous come-back that, through the 112,000-member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, enjoys a larger and more dedicated fan club than even the grizzly bear or wolf.In this tightly linked collection of essays, Petersen takes us deep into the mountain forests to watch, smell, and talk with wapiti (a Shawnee word meaning white rump) and their wild neighbors, reflecting with wisdom, authority, and humility on their evolution, their behavior, their daily lives, and the impacts of the continued suburbanization of the West. Our guide looks as well at the various creatures who prey on elk -- from insects, to bears, to people with guns. In the latter instance, Petersen steps boldly beyond conventional side-taking to selectively praise the good and damn the bad, his only loyalty being truth, culminating with an exuberant condemnation of elk ranching and other forms of wildlife profiteering.

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Petersen is the author of six previous books, all critically applauded—including "The Nearby Faraway" and " Ghost Grizzlies"—and the editor of three additional volumes, including "A Hunter’s Heart." He lives year-round in a self-built cabin in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.

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A century hence this graceful, passionate, witty book will be studied as part of the post-industrial awakening. -- Ted Williams, Editor-at-Large, Audubon Magazine

Covers a wide emotional terrain—sometimes tender and reflective, sometimes rowdy and irreverent, yet always clear and wise. -- Richard Nelson, author of The Island Within

His clear, thoughtful writing style ... will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates wildlife and wild places. -- Gary Wolfe, President, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The articulate, entertaining voice of a very bright, inquisitive mind ... reflecting a tortured heart. -- Valerius Geist, author of Elk Country

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