‘Bears’ Book Review | Historynet


Bears: The Mighty Grizzlies of the West, by Julie Argyle, Gibbs Smith, Layton, Utah, 2021, $50

On my rambles west I’ve seen a dozen or extra bears comparatively close-up. Nearly each time it has offered the proper of adrenaline rush, as not one of the bruins charged me, and I walked away feeling rewarded. One time, although, in northern Montana, the bear I noticed just a few bushes away had the pronounced shoulder hump and “dished” facial profile of a grizzly. No, it didn’t cost, however my nervous system nonetheless went into overdrive, releasing waves of adrenaline as I fled. In brief, this explicit bruin scared the $#*& out of me.

Immediately I’m not into mountaineering, not to mention tenting, in grizzly nation. I’m, nevertheless, nonetheless into grizzlies and respect anybody serving to to make sure they’re round for future generations. Like many individuals, most far braver than me, I discover these iconic symbols of energy and energy fascinating. A number of years in the past I did see a mom grizzly and two cubs on a hillside in Yellowstone Nationwide Park—albeit via a telephoto lens set atop a fellow customer’s sturdy tripod. Excellent. Seeing Julie Argyle’s gorgeous, principally close-up pictures of grizzlies in Yellowstone is the following smartest thing for one who, apparently in contrast to this skilled photographer, has had just a few grizzly nightmares (by no means thoughts the analysis suggesting an individual is way extra more likely to be killed by a bee than a bear).

No detailed grizzly historical past right here or pictures of grizzlies terrorizing anybody on two legs. However the creator does introduce readers to Grizzly 791 (born in 2011), whom Argyle witnessed taking down a six-point bull elk in Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley. The creator additionally presents just a few named grizzlies—together with Raspberry, to whom the ebook is devoted (“The one who can be embedded in my coronary heart without end.”); Snow (“What a blessing it was to have watched her develop from that little cub into a good looking grownup grizzly”); and Snaggletooth, who has a genetically deformed mouth. Argyle’s gorgeous pictures ship the message loud and clear this clever, spectacular species deserves our safety. I doubt anybody who leafs via this good-looking ebook will expertise an adrenaline rush, however they possible will really feel rewarded, and so they received’t even want bear spray.

—Editor

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