The grizzly almanac / Robert H. Busch.
Overview: Few animals are as awe-inspiring as the grizzly bear, the largest terrestrial carnivore in North America. The Grizzly Almanac is an up-close, richly illustrated look at the animal known to biologists as Ursus arctos horribilis, the "horrible Northern bear." A powerful symbol of wilderness, the grizzly was once widespread from Alaska to Mexico. Today, 99 percent of its population in the lower 48 states is gone-the victim of habitat loss, over-hunting, and predator control programs that were based more on emotion than fact. 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.
- ISBN: 1592283209
- ISBN: 9781592283200
- Physical Description: x, 229 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
- Edition: 1st Lyons Press pbk. ed.
- Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : The Lyons Press, 2004, ©2000.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-216) and index.
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Preface -- 1: Ancient Bear -- Evolution -- Taxonomy -- Range and habitat -- 2: Big Bear -- Size and weight -- Color -- Teeth -- Scat -- Tracks -- Senses -- Diseases and parasites -- Longevity -- 3: Hungry As A Bear -- Home range -- Hibernation -- Reproduction -- Food -- Interactions with wolves and cougars -- Communication and social structure -- Intelligence -- Grizzly-black bear relationships -- 4: Of Bears And Men -- Grizzlies and Native Americans -- Grizzlies and white settlers -- Grizzly as a game animal -- Grizzly hunting regulations -- Record grizzlies -- 5: Grizzly Attacks -- 6: Future Of The Grizzly -- Habitat loss and logging -- Road access -- Agriculture and ranching -- Petroleum and mining exploration -- Hydroelectric development -- Backcountry development -- Role of parks -- Poaching -- Grizzly watching -- Research -- Translocation -- Aversive conditioning -- Public education -- Legal status -- B C Grizzly Bear Conservation strategy -- Genetic diversity -- Y2Y Project -- Global warming -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1: Bear Conservation Organizations -- Appendix 2: Formerly recognized grizzly bear species of North America -- Bibliography -- Index.
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