A Practical Guide to Bear Country
Today Living With Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country has become the essential getting-along-with-bears bible. It's been favorably reviewed and endorsed by countless bear experts. And it's used by hundreds of communities, organizations, parks, forests and wildlife management agencies across North America. It has dispelled myths and made life easier for homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts. And bears. There's nothing I love more than walking into a park office and having the staff reach for their well-thumbed, dog-eared, beaten up copy and ask for an autograph. Or having someone come up to me at a presentation and say "I used to be afraid of bears, but then I read your book. Now I yell at my neighbors about their garbage and bird feeders." After all these years, I'm still a sucker for a happy ending.
Linda Masterson, a popular and lively speaker, does presentations and workshops on all aspects of living and recreating in bear country. She has also worked with agencies, communities, citizen's groups and others on creating programs designed to reduce human-bear conflicts.
"I teach a lot of classes down here and I love your approach. Your presentation was very user-friendly and just perfect for what we needed."Jena Sanchez, Colorado Division of Wildlife
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Tom Beck is an internationally recognized, highly respected bear biologist; U.S.A. Today refers to him as "One of America's leading authorities on black bears."In his twenty-five years with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Beck authored the statewide management plan and conducted widely cited field research studies that advanced our understanding of bears. He served as both scientific and real-world advisor on Living with Bears, and is the author of the Foreword, as well as numerous "Beck's Bits" scattered throughout.
Dr. Steve Herrero, researcher and author of Bear Attacks: Their Cause and Avoidance. The world's leading authority on bear encounters and attacks,Steve patiently reviewed and helped refine and perfect those critical chapters in my book.
Sylvia Dolson, Get Bear Smart Society, and author of Bear-Ology: Fascinating Bear Facts, Tales and Trivia. Sylvia is a bottomless reservoir of passion, compassion and information on every facet of living with bears, both in Canada and the U.S.
Patti Sowka, Living with Wildlife Foundation, who was a wealth of information on the available means of preventing problems with bears, and dealing with problems that already exist.
Chuck Bartlebaugh, The Center for Wildlife Information, who provided a wealth of data on bears in the media, and made me fine-tune the chapter on bear spray approximately twenty-three billion times.
Sean Mathews, Wildlife Conservation Society, who provided thorough reviews and much help.
Lisa Evans, Colorado Division of Wildlife, who spearheaded the formation of Colorado's Bear Aware Team, and gave tirelessly to the cause of educating, motivating and inspiring team members, wildlife officers, educators and her fellow Coloradoans.
Ann Bryant, The BEAR League, and Bryan Peterson, Bear Smart Durango, who were great resources for citizen-driven, community-based programs, and practical tips and ideas that work in the real world.
Providing invaluable input and review for specific chapters and case histories: Bill Stiver, bear biologist, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Victoria Seher, bear biologist, Yosemite National Park; Carrie Sekarek, NFS biologist, Florida; Anne Braaten and Rocky Spencer, bear biologists, NPS, North Cascades; Carrie Hunt, Wind River Bear Institute; Laurie Smith and Tina White, The Town of Snowmass Village; Kevin Wright, the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Copyright 2011-2013 Living With Bears / Linda Masterson