Title: Bears : Their Life and Behavior
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1992
Illustrator: Art Wolfe
Book Condition: Very Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine
Edition: First Edition
209 pages. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs by Art Wolfe. A superb photographic study of the world's largest carnivore. A very nice copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 001249
Synopsis: Bears are unique. Although they are the world's largest carnivores, their diet is primarily vegetarian. They combine immense physical power with one of the keenest intelligences in the animal kingdom. They refuse to knuckle under to any kind of human domination. That is why we are tremendously fascinated by bears and tremendously fearful of them.
Bears: Their Life and Behavior is a superb photographic study by Art Wolfe, one of the world's foremost nature photographers. He vividly portrays in their wilderness retreats and typical habitats all of the three North American bear species -- brown (grizzly) bears, black bears, and polar bears -- over 170 of his stunning photographs of bears in action: working and playing, food gathering, romping, fighting, and courting. There is an awe-inspiring close-up portrait of an Alaskan grizzly gaping at the camera. A brown bear catches salmon. A grizzly shows its speed chasing squirrels. Black bear cubs huddle against a tree. A polar bear feeds on kelp. A polar bear crosses an iced-over lagoon. Standing to full height on its hind legs, a polar bear checks out an intruder.
William Ashworth has written an enlightening text based on exhaustive research and a working life spent primarily in bear country. In an introductory chapter he explores the human fascination with bears and their highly distinctive anatomy and physiology. Then he covers in great detail the three specific North American bear species -- where each one lives, their migration patterns, their summer and winter ranges, their habitat requirements, and the unpredictability of bear behavior and the reasons to be wary of them. Finally, he discusses bear management and conservation.
This fantastically spectacular full-color book will thrill every nature enthusiast and lover of the great outdoors.
Art Wolfe's photographs have appeared in National Wildlife, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and Life magazines. His exclusive photographs enrich such books as Owls: Their Life and Behavior, Alakshak, The Kingdom and Light on the Land, and The Imagery of Art Wolfe. He lives in Seattle, Washington
About the Author: William Ashworth is a leading environmentalist and the author of six other books on natural resources and environmental politics, including The Wallowas: Coming of Age in the Wilderness, Nor Any Drop to Drink, and The Late, Great Lakes. He is currently secretary of the Sierra Club's Oregon chapter and lives in Ashland, Oregon.
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