Bears: Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem

By Kevin Van Tighem

Fear of bears turns out virtually to join what it really is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a global already populated by means of those nice carnivores. ahead of we mastered iron and later constructed firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears—only watchful warning and tricky ceremonies and sacrifices to push back fear.

Where human populations develop, bears have commonly faded or disappeared. but if we go back to the wild, to locations the place bears nonetheless live to tell the tale, all our primeval fears wake up back. the chance of an vehicle twist of fate with a view to undergo nation a ways outstrips the danger of a close-range come upon with a endure, yet its the endure that concerns us as we hurtle down the pavement at 100 kilometres an hour.

In this well timed and delicate publication, Kevin Van Tighem calls on a long time of expertise, wisdom and figuring out so as to enlighten readers approximately our dating with and angle towards bears. alongside the best way we're faced with the realities confronting those nice animals due to our ever-expanding human inhabitants and their ever-shrinking typical habitat. via historic examine, box commentary, functional recommendation, own anecdotes and an array of wonderful images, Van Tighem has written a finished booklet that's intended to demystify bears so that it will advertise a deeper realizing of those robust but susceptible creatures.

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Development was out of control too. The tourism industry – originally invited into the national park to help the park meet the needs of its visitors – had pretty much turned the tables on Parks Canada. Some business operators had adopted the arrogant view that the park existed primarily to serve their commercial ambitions and that if businesses wanted to expand, the bears should move. Parks Canada, lacking effective policy or regulatory tools to manage growth, approved more than a half billion dollars worth of private commercial development in little more than a decade.

5 million years ago in Asia. The cave bear – almost twice the size of our modern grizzly – was extinct by the time the ancestors of North American black bears ventured east, more than a Coastal grizzlies fish for salmon. 63 million years ago, across the low-lying plains that once joined Siberia to Alaska. Compared to the black bear, grizzlies (the same species as Europe’s brown bears) were latecomers. They arrived in Alaska toward the end of the last Ice Age and only spread south across North America after the continental ice sheets had melted back, some twelve to fifteen thousand years ago.

Campground staff and park wardens began a new practice of confiscating food coolers or other temptations left out by sloppy campers and worked more aggressively to educate visitors about responsible behaviour in bear country. The 1974 Parks Canada–commissioned National Film Board documentary Bears and Man delivered a powerful message about sharing wild country with bears. Park interpreters incorporated the movie into programs aimed at hikers, campers and others. It was a groundbreaking effort in bear education that retains its impact nearly half a century later.

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