Return of the Grizzly

Sharing the Range with Yellowstone's Top Predator

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About The Book

The Yellowstone grizzly population has grown from an estimated 136 bears when first granted federal protection as a threatened species to as many as 1,000 grizzlies in a tri-state region today. No longer limited to remote wilderness areas, grizzlies now roam throughout the region—in state parks, school playgrounds, residential subdivisions, on farms and ranches, and in towns and cities throughout the region.
Return of the Grizzly tells the story of the successful effort to recover this large carnivore, the policy changes and disputes between bear managers and bear advocates, and for the first time, provides insight to what recovery means for the people who now live with grizzlies across a broad landscape. From cowboys on horseback chased by a charging grizzly, and grizzlies claiming game animals downed by human hunters, to the numerous self-defense killing of grizzlies that occur each year, the manuscript examines increases in conflicts and human fatalities caused by grizzlies in this ecosystem inhabited by humans who live there year-round. Human–bear interactions, grizzly attacks and deaths, avoiding attacks, effects on agriculture, wildlife protesters, the consequences of bear habituation, and more are all covered.

About The Author

Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning author and photographer with three adult nonfiction titles and seven nonfiction photo essays for children in print. A former reporter and newspaper owner, she is editor and co-owner of The Shepherd magazine, a national sheep and goat industry publication. She has raised and worked with livestock guardian dogs in large carnivore country for decades, and she has coauthored several papers about their use. She resides in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Skyhorse (January 2019)
  • Length: 184 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510727472

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"A fascinating, smooth narrative of the struggle for co-existence between two predators in Yellowstone National Park. Cat Urbigkit explores the frustrating efforts of dedicated people, often working in the presence of extreme danger, as they attempt to insure that the huge grizzly, ranchers and foolish tourists stay safe. With an impressive presentation of grizzly bear photos and maps, Return of the Grizzly is highly recommended to all who enjoy wilderness adventure and seek knowledge about our wild creatures." —Forrest Bryant Johnson, author of Trooper: The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild

"A fascinating, smooth narrative of the struggle for co-existence between two predators in Yellowstone National Park. Cat Urbigkit explores the frustrating efforts of dedicated people, often working in the presence of extreme danger, as they attempt to insure that the huge grizzly, ranchers and foolish tourists stay safe. With an impressive presentation of grizzly bear photos and maps, Return of the Grizzly is highly recommended to all who enjoy wilderness adventure and seek knowledge about our wild creatures." —Forrest Bryant Johnson, author of Trooper: The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild

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