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Bears of the world
Craighead, Lance.
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2000]

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132 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 x 27 cm
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QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C27 C724 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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10 1/2 x 9 1/2, 80 color photos, index, bibliography Bears of the World explores the life of these fascinating creatures, from the most feared animal in North America, the grizzly, to the smallest bear, the sun bear. Lance Craighead discusses natural history of bears, including their habits, adaptations, distribution, relationships with humans, and conservation issues. "Combining interesting tidbits with striking photos, Craighead takes readers on a guided tour of the world's bears. But he delves deeper the result that goes beyond a beautiful coffee-table book that goes beyond pretty pictures and pleasing anecdotes." California Wild

Author Notes

Dr. Lance Craighead has been involved with grizzly bears since he was a child, and his father and uncle began the first long-term study of grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park. He was also directly involved in studies of grizzlies in Alaska as part of his Ph.D. and has spent much of his time over the last 40 years studying bears in the field, giving him a first-hand insight into their fascinating behavior

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Booklist Review

Here are two solid choices for public libraries' bear collections, particularly grizzly bear coverage. Craighead grew up with bears, as his father and uncle founded the first long-term study of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. It is therefore not surprising that grizzlies receive more than their share of this survey of the world's bear species (though in fairness it must be pointed out that grizzlies have the widest range and have been the most extensively studied of the bears). Overview chapters look at the bears of the world in general, covering evolution, behavior, and conservation. The eight species of bear are each given a chapter, with the longest covering the three best-known (grizzly, polar, and American black) bears. Good basic information is given on general biology, behavior, reproduction, and diet for each species, along with their relationships with humans. Clearly delineated range maps and capsule facts complete this nicely illustrated introduction to the world's bears, which would be a good choice for any library's young adult collection. Busch has collected the known facts about the grizzly bear into a book for both laypeople and academics. He looks at grizzly behavior, biology, and relations with humans (including myths and legends from many cultures). Concentrating on their interactions with humans is important, as 99 percent of the grizzly population in the contiguous United States has been eliminated. Helping us to understand the grizzly and its needs will help to preserve the species for the future, and in this goal the author has succeeded admirably. The chapter on bear attacks is particularly helpful, as the author demonstrates that most bear attacks are due to some human-caused problem, such as bears becoming habituated to eating human garbage and no longer fearing people. A nice addition for public libraries, particularly those in grizzly country. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

For some of us, the glimpse of a bear is the ultimate wilderness experience; for others, it is a dreaded horror. These two books attempt to dispel some of our irrational fears and urge us to respect bears and understand their behavior. All but two of the remaining species of bears are on the endangered list, and both authors claim that the key to the bear's future is education. Both books send their message through a combination of lavish color photographs and text. The Grizzly Almanac focuses on the grizzly bear, the largest species and long considered to be the most fierce. Busch, the author of The Wolf Almanac and seven other natural history titles, traces the evolution of the "big bear" from its earliest days, describes its habitat and behavior, and recounts grizzly folklore and tales of grizzly attacks. Maintaining that the grizzly's reputation as a vicious killer is undeserved, he makes recommendations for a more peaceful coexistence with humans. In Bears of the World, Craighead, who lectures on biology and conducts genetic research on grizzly bears at Montana State University, describes eight species of bears and their history, behavior, and habitats. He examines the complex issues surrounding bear conservation and suggests what organizations and individuals might do to ensure a healthy future for bears. The photos of both books will appeal to those who like to browse, but their text is also scholarly enough to be useful to researchers. Recommended wherever there is an interest in bears.DDeborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Origins and Evolutionp. 13
Behaviorp. 25
The Grizzly or Brown Bearp. 33
The Polar Bearp. 57
The American Black Bearp. 63
The Asiatic Black Bearp. 79
The Sun Bearp. 85
The Sloth Bearp. 91
The Spectacled Bearp. 97
The Giant Pandap. 101
Bears and Humansp. 111
Conservationp. 123
Bear Facts and Distribution Mapsp. 128
Index, Recommended Reading and Acknowledgmentsp. 132