Bears by Kevin Van Tighem
Without Fear

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We’ve misread everything. Luckily, Kevin Van Tighem has written Bears: Without Fear to help us learn how to accommodate and be schooled by some of the world’s most beautiful creatures.
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Fear of bears seems almost to be part of what it is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time into a world already populated by these great carnivores. Before we mastered iron and later developed firearms, we had few defences against bears—only watchful caution and elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices to ward off fear.

Where human populations grow, bears have traditionally dwindled or disappeared. But when we return to the wild, to places where bears still survive, all our primeval fears awaken again. The risk of an automobile accident on the way to bear country far outstrips the risk of a close-range encounter with a bear, but it’s the bear that worries us as we hurtle down the pavement at a hundred kilometres an hour.

In this timely and sensitive book, Kevin Van Tighem calls on decades of experience, knowledge and understanding in order to enlighten readers about our relationship with and attitude toward bears. Along the way we are confronted with the realities confronting these great animals as a result of our ever-expanding human population and their ever-shrinking natural habitat. Through historical research, field observation, practical advice, personal anecdotes and an array of stunning photos, Van Tighem has written a comprehensive book that is meant to demystify bears in order to promote a deeper understanding of these powerful yet vulnerable creatures.

 

About Kevin Van Tighem

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Kevin Van Tighem has studied wildlife and their habitats in western Canada for almost 40 years. He long ago lost count of how many bears he has encountered and observed in the wild. A naturalist and hunter, he has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards, including Western Magazine Awards, Outdoor Writers of Canada book and magazine awards and the Journey Award for Fiction. He has served on the executive committees of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists, Alberta Wilderness Association and Foothills Model Forest. His decades of work in landscape ecology, conservation biology and nature interpretation in the national parks of western Canada culminated in 2011 with his retirement as superintendent of Banff National Park. Kevin currently lives and writes in Canmore, Alberta.
 
Published May 13, 2013 by RMB | Rocky Mountain Books. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Jun 28 2013

Van Tighem does a great service to both bears and humans by describing bear singularity, especially how they act as custodians of their own landscape. The reader begins to marvel at how these animals respect one another...

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Reviewed by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Jun 21 2013

We’ve misread everything. Luckily, Kevin Van Tighem has written Bears: Without Fear to help us learn how to accommodate and be schooled by some of the world’s most beautiful creatures.

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