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The grizzly almanac
Busch, Robert.
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New York : Lyons Press, 2000.
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x, 229 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
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Audubon Library QL737.C27 B858 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In his eighth book on natural history, Busch takes on the 500- pound predator that lives, among other places, in his own stomping grounds of central British Columbia. He discusses the bear's history, habitat, and behavior and includes hundred of color photographs for academics and lay readers. Though the beast is fierce, he says, it is also fragile and has been pushed to the brink of extinction. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Robert H. Busch is the author of eight books on natural history, including The Wolf Almanac, a best-selling selection of the Natural Science Book Club, and The Cougar Almanac. His magazine writing has appeared in many national and international magazines. He lives in grizzly country in central British Columbia

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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

Prefacep. ix
1. The Ancient Bearp. 3
Range and habitat
2. The Big Bearp. 21
Size and weight
Diseases and parasites
3. Hungry as a Bearp. 47
Home range
Interactions with wolves and cougars
Communication and social structure
Grizzly-black bear relationships
4. Of Bears and Menp. 97
Grizzlies and Native Americans
Grizzlies and white settlers
The grizzly as a game animal
Grizzly hunting regulations
Record grizzlies
5. Grizzly Attacksp. 131
6. The Future of the Grizzlyp. 151
Habitat loss and logging
Road access
Agriculture and ranching
Petroleum and mining exploration
Hydroelectric development
Backcountry development
The role of parks
Grizzly watching
Aversive conditioning
Public education
Legal status
The B.C. Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy
Genetic diversity
The Y2Y Project
Global warming
Appendix I. Bear Conservation Organizationsp. 205
Appendix II. Formerly Recognized Grizzly Bear Species of North Americap. 207
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217

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