The Grizzly Almanac is an up close, richly illustrated look at the animal known to biologists as Ursus Arctos Horribilis, the horrible Northern bear."This impeccably researched volume looks at the nat
The Grizzly Almanac
is an up close, richly illustrated look at the animal known to biologists as Ursus Arctos Horribilis, the horrible Northern bear."
This impeccably researched volume looks at the natural and cultural history of the grizzly, with vital information on its evolution, habitat, diet, reproduction, intelligence, and behavior. Robert H. Busch recounts the grizzly's interaction with mankind, including: the bear's place in native folklore; first encounters with Europeans; famous "outlaw" bears and the men who hunted them; the bear's twentieth-century decline; and current conservation efforts. The almanac also covers the emotion-charged topic of grizzly attacks, with descriptions of notable cases and practical information for those who seek to share the dwindling domain of the last of the great predators.
The Grizzly Almanac is especially important reading today, as controversy rages over plans to reintroduce the grizzly into areas of its former habitat. This comprehensive volume is essential for anyone who wishes to understand the grizzly and its world.
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"[Robert] Busch has collected the known facts about the grizzly bear into a book for both laypeople and academics. He looks at grizzly
behaviour, biology, and relations with humans (including myths and legends from many cultures). Concentrating on their interactions with humans is important, as 99 percent of the grizzly population in the contiguous United States has been eliminated. Helping us to understand the grizzly and its needs will help to preserve the species for the future, and in this goal the author has succeeded admirably. The chapter on bear attacks is particularly helpful as the author demonstrates that most bear attacks are due to some human-caused problem, such as bears becoming habituated to eating human garbage and no longer fearing people. A nice addition for public libraries."
Robert H. Busch is the author of eight books on natural history, including The Wolf Almanac, a best-selling selection of the Natural Science Book Club, and The Cougar Almanac. His magazine writing has appeared in many national and international magazines and has been included in the Grolier 1998 Anthology of Best Science Writing. He lives in grizzly country in central British Columbia.
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