The Ghost Walker

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HarperCollins, 1991 - Mammals - 242 pages

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This is a memoir by Canadian biologist/author [[R. D. Lawrence]]. He lived in a tiny, remote cabin in Canada's Selkirk wilderness for a winter while learning the habits and gaining the trust of a ... Read full review

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I checked this book out at the local library. It was really interesting and entertaining. It was hard to put the book down to get things done. I learned a lot about cougars by reading this book. We have a lot of cougars in Oregon and cougar encounters are getting more frequent. I have personally been stalked by cougars when walking in the dunes, and also when walking on the beach. This was described in the book so well too. It is accurate to call a cougar a "Ghost Walker" because I saw it's tracks stalking me where my footprints were only minutes before but didn't catch sight of the cat. I have had close contact with a cougar who was in captivity and was on a leash when some wild animals were brought to town during a event. My son greatly admires this animal, so reading this book helped me understand his obsession with them and also know this creature who lives around us better. My husband saw brief sightings of a cougar stalking him when he went in the coastal range to hunt elk. A local business owner and his wife were in the woods nearby and the man took a picture of his wife next to a large tree. When they got home they noticed there was a cougar on a branch above the wife's head. It was so silent that they weren't aware of the Ghost Stalker just a paw span away. This cat is powerful enough, and quick enough that both could have been it's dinner if it so desired. But I think it was only curious and really enjoyed observing them without being observed. 


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R.D. Lawrence is one of the world's most noted wildlife champions. He began his own adventures with owls when he rescued and healed two injured birds. Lawrence is an internationally recognized authority on wilderness and environmental conservation and is the author of "Trail of the Wolf,

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