Bears

Bears

Without Fear

Book - 2013
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Fear of bears seems almost to be part of what it is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time into a world already populated by these great carnivores. Before we mastered iron and later developed firearms, we had few defences against bears--only watchful caution and elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices to ward off fear.

Where human populations grow, bears have traditionally dwindled or disappeared. But when we return to the wild, to places where bears still survive, all our primeval fears awaken again. The risk of an automobile accident on the way to bear country far outstrips the risk of a close-range encounter with a bear, but it's the bear that worries us as we hurtle down the pavement at a hundred kilometres an hour.

In this timely and sensitive book, Kevin Van Tighem calls on decades of experience, knowledge and understanding in order to enlighten readers about our relationship with and attitude toward bears. Along the way we are confronted with the realities confronting these great animals as a result of our ever-expanding human population and their ever-shrinking natural habitat. Through historical research, field observation, practical advice, personal anecdotes and an array of stunning photos, Van Tighem has written a comprehensive book that is meant to demystify bears in order to promote a deeper understanding of these powerful yet vulnerable creatures.

Publisher: Victoria, BC : Rocky Mountain Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781927330319
Branch Call Number: ANF 599.780971 VAN
ANF 599.780971 VAN
Characteristics: 303 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm

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sheojuk
Aug 06, 2013

Kevin's book should dispel much fear and many myths about bears. Not sure why he included the myth about Davy Crockett, but I guess it filled up the pages. More serious are two errors of scale. Male polar bears are one-fourth bigger than the females, not four times bigger. And commercial bear spray in Canada is 1.0% strength, not 10% (which is reserved for law enforcement).
Bears rule, and they need all the help they can get.

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