What the bears know How I found truth and magic in America's most misunderstood creatures

Steve Searles, 1959-

Large print - 2024

"In the late 1990s, the town of Mammoth Lakes, California, hired Steve Searles as a hunter to cull half its troublesome bear population. But as he began to prepare for the grim task, the bears soon won him over, and Searles realized there had to be a better way. He soon developed non-lethal tactics to control their behavior and overpopulation that heralded a landmark moment in the care and handling of the American black bear. But change was not without its challenges. To some, his success was dismissed due to his lack of formal academic training. Yet Searles never wavered in his commitment, and eventually became not just local folk hero but a nationally recognized expert. This high school dropout saved not just the bears, but, in many ...ways, his community. In a tradition that runs from John Muir to Bear Grylls, Searles finds a fellowship with nature and a deeper meaning in the world of bears. Do bears understand things we don't? Are they dialed in to some greater natural force? As Searles shares his remarkable knowledge and we become immersed in the ursine world, you ll never look at bears or nature the same way again. Warm and poignant, and perfect for anyone who has been fascinated by the natural world, What the Bears Know shows that wisdom and fulfillment can come from unexpected places."--

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1st Floor New Large Print Shelf LARGE PRINT/599.78/Searles (NEW SHELF) Due Jun 3, 2024
Large print books
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print 2024.
Main Author
Steve Searles, 1959- (author)
Other Authors
Chris Erskine (author)
Center Point Large Print edition
Item Description
Regular print version previously published by Pegasus Books.
Physical Description
383 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • Bears, bears everywhere
  • A gopher in my glove
  • Finding my magic mountain
  • The things I don't know
  • This moment changes everything
  • My dear Debs
  • A bear named Hemorrhoid
  • Why bears sleep upside down
  • I hate fear
  • Big runs for his life
  • Wilderness Jesus
  • Spreading the word
  • New Jersey needs help
  • The super bowl of bears
  • Don't feed our bears
  • Locals vs. tourists
  • This bear changes everything
  • Dances with bears
  • No quick fixes
  • A wobbly little cub
  • Pizza and the baby
  • "Good thoughts are tiny prayers"
  • Searles, you're fired!
  • Reality TV and me
  • More media magic
  • Blondie's luckless life
  • All in a day's work
  • Literally up a tree
  • Another bloody bumper
  • So long, Debs
  • "I don't do that anymore"
  • The creek fire closes in
  • Epilogue
  • Black bear tip sheet.