Walking With Bears
Some people prefer to walk in the woods alone. Terry DeBruyn walks with bears. Set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, this is the account of an extraordinary human-ursine story. Biologist DeBruyn believes that the only way to protect a wild species is to determine precisely what they do all day.
To find out, DeBruyn pioneered a G.P.S. monitoring system for radio-collared bears, but he soon realized the only way to truly understand the animal is to enter her world. Not so easy when the subject is a 250-pound North American black bear with cubs. Black bears are enormously powerful animals, though very shy of humans. So, first, DeBruyn must convince an individual bear to stick around long enough to learn she has nothing to fear. When he finally accomplishes this, the rewards are immense. Carmen and her daughter Netti and, later, Netti's daughter June are the ambassadors who grant us a glimpse into bear life. DeBruyn is their interpreter. He is a privileged guest, watching intimate family scenes: nursing, grooming, and wrestling among den mates. He learns as much about the moods and emotional life of bears as about their dietary requirements. "Walking With Bears" is an endearing tale of interspecies friendship. It will forever change the way we view one of the most fascinating and feared of all wild animals.
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Walking with Bears: One Man's Relationship with Three Generations of Wild BearsUser Review - Book Verdict
For six seasons in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, biologist DeBruyn spent up to 15 hours a day observing black bears. Habituated to his presence, the bears allowed him to be close enough to identify the species of ant they broke logs open to find, or the type of plants they ate from vernal ponds. Despite being within feet of them, DeBruyn never attempted to actually touch or otherwise interact with the bears. For that side of bear interaction, see Jack Becklund's Summers with the Bears: Six Seasons in the Minnesota Woods (LJ 2/15/99). Readers who enjoyed Becklund will welcome the natural history here. DeBruyn organizes his observations into one year, season by season, weaving together the notes from his five study litters. The detail of events, including feeding, denning, nursing, eating, climbing, playing, and so much more are superbly presented. While the author's pleas for habitat conservation are understated, no one reading this could be unmoved. For all natural history collections. (Photos not seen.)--Nancy J. Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH ...
Review: Walking with Bears: One Man's Relationship with Three Generations of Wild BearsUser Review - Meredith - Goodreads
I picked up the book on a friend's recommendation after I expressed my fears about camping in black bear country. What a fascinating book; the author essentially acclimated his presense to three ... Read full review
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