Grizzly Heart

Grizzly Heart

Living Without Fear Among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka

Book - 2002
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An absorbing first-hand account of living with bears, from the acclaimed author ofThe Spirit Bear. To many people, grizzlies are symbols of power and ferocity -- creatures to be feared and, too often, killed. But Charlie Russell, who has had a forty-year relationship with bears, holds the controversial belief that it is possible to live with and truly understand bears in the wild. And for five years now, Russell and his partner, artist and photographer Maureen Enns, have spent summers on the Kamchatka peninsula, located on the northeast coast of Russia, and home of the densest population of brown bears in the world. Grizzly Hearttells the remarkable story of how Russell and Enns have defied the preconceptions of wildlife officials and the general public by living unthreatened -- and respected -- among the grizzlies of Kamchatka. In an honest and immediate style, Russell tells of the trials and successes of their years in the field, from convincing Russian officials to allow them to study, to adopting three bear cubs left orphaned when their mother was killed by a hunter (and teaching these cubs how to survive in the wild), to raising environmental awareness through art. Through a combination of careful study and personal dedication, Russell and Enns are persuading people to reconsider the age-old image of the grizzly bear as a ferocious man-eater and perpetual threat. Through their actions, they demonstrate that it is possible to forge a mutually respectful relationship with these majestic giants, and provide compelling reasons for altering our culture. "We have been able to live beautifully with these animals, with no serious threat, because of what we've learned. Hopefully, sharing what we learn will help people -- and be a big help to our bears, too."
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2002.
ISBN: 9780679311188
Characteristics: 357 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Enns, Maureen 1943-
Stenson, Fred 1951-


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Jun 27, 2010

Grizzly bears --- not always the mean, viscious animals we have come to "know" them as. Their hatred for man may well be learned behavior acquired from their encounters with people.
When Charless Russel takes his research to the extrem far east of Russia --- where he encounters animals not sullied by their interactions with people --- he finds totally different animals.
This book won't take away your respect and fear of the North American grizzly but it will allow you to see a much gentler animal inside.

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