Bears

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Firefly Books, 2005 - Nature - 176 pages

A journey through their seasons, in words and pictures.

"What good is a bear?" The author opens the book with this thought-provoking question and proceeds to answer it by taking us through an entire year in the lives of three bear species found in North America -- the brown, the black and the polar bear.

Beginning when the bears first wake from hibernation and give birth in February, Bears tells the story of an entire year as these magnificent animals hunt, feed, play, mate and breed until the return of winter, when the cycle begins again with the need to hibernate.

Bears inspire both affection and fear in us. The teddy bear is a familiar symbol of childhood and security, yet the notion of the bear as a dangerous killer has survived the taming of the wilderness and remains frightening to the camper, rancher and wilderness traveler.

In Bears, the author covers:

  • Polar bears and their unique marine habitat
  • Brown and black bears across their range
  • Dangers from bears living too close to human habitation
  • Biology and breeding
  • The five bear species that do not live in North America

Bears: A Year in the Life is packed with facts and details and is lavishly illustrated with more than 125 remarkable color photographs.

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About the author (2005)

Matthias Breiter is a renowned author, photographer and cinematographer. He has a degree in biology and is completing his doctoral degree on bears. The author of nine books, Matthias has been a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute. His awardwinning nature photographs appear in numerous magazines, such as National Geographic and GEO.

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