Download e-book for iPad: Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska by Sherry Simpson

By Sherry Simpson

ISBN-10: 0700619356

ISBN-13: 9780700619351

Long in the past we invited bears into our tales, our goals, our nightmares, our lives. we've got regularly sought them out the place they stay, for his or her hides, their meat, their attractiveness, their knowingness. Human nation and endure state exist facet via side.

As Sherry Simpson indicates, the connection among bears and people is old and ongoing and, in Alaska, profoundly and infrequently uncomfortably shut. an enormous variety of North America's bears dwell in Alaska: together with not less than 31,000 brown bears, 100,000 black bears, and 3,500 polar bears. And approximately each point of Alaskan society displays their presence, from searching to tourism advertising to flora and fauna administration to city making plans.

A long-time Alaskan, Simpson bargains a chain of compelling essays on Alaskan bears in either wild and concrete spaces—because in Alaska, bears are discovered not just of their traditional habitat but additionally in towns and cities. Combining box study, interviews, and a number of up to date clinical resources, her finely polished prose conveys a wealth of knowledge and perception on ursine biology, habit, feeding, mating, social constitution, and masses extra.

Simpson crisscrosses the Alaskan panorama in pursuit of bears as she muses, marvels, and infrequently stands in sheer awe prior to those charismatic creatures. Firmly grounded within the services of flora and fauna biologists, hunters, and viewing courses, she indicates bears as they really are, now not as we think them to be. She considers not just the sometimes competitive habit bears have to continue to exist, but additionally the violence exacted upon them by way of trophy hunters, advocates of predator keep an eye on, or suburbanites who view bears as land sharks that threaten the security in their households.

Shifting easily among interesting proof and poetic imagery, Simpson crafts a longer meditation on why we're so attracted to bears and why they proceed to interact our imaginations, populate indigenous mythologies, and support outline our crucial visions of desolate tract. As Simpson observes, "The slightest proof that bears proportion your world—or that you just percentage theirs—can adjust not just your experience of the panorama, yet your feel of your self inside that landscape."

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