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American Man-Killers: True Stories of a Dangerous Wilderness Hardcover – June 10, 1997
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Zaidle would have you believe the bear, moose, dear, etc. all "want your blood" (not to mention cats, dogs, salmon, trout, sea bass, herring etc). In fact, most bear are scared of to death of people (only the two-year olds and garbage bears aren't), and the moose just don't give a damn about you.
From time to time a bear will attack a hunter after a botched shot, or while the hunter is cleaning his game. Sometimes they'll try to break into a cabin to get food. But these attacks are rare, and the vast majority of the time the bear looses. Most of the on-trail attacks involve sows with cubs, and these can usually be avoided if you know how to behave.
Unlike some tigers, bear do not target people for food. If an adult grizzly *really* targeted you for its next meal, it would stalk you and nail you from cover. You'd never see it coming. This is an animal that can weigh a thousand pounds and still run faster than Jesse Owens. It would hit you hard enough to snap your spine like a twig. This never happens, at least I've never heard of it. Even children survive most bear attacks. It's more likely you have something the bear wants, or that the bear is protecting something from you, like a moose kill or cubs. Sometimes the bear is just tossing you around for fun.Read more ›
This isn't just another `outdoorsy' book written by some crusty ol' Texan -- this is a crusty ol' Texan sharing the benefit of his research, documentation and personal experience in an attempt to impart some understanding of things in the wild that often make no sense. Zaidle's tone is one of "I'm doing you a favor here, so pay attention." That tone is unquestionably justified as he takes us from serene settings of outdoor bliss to the gore of what can (and does!) happen to good people who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. And sometimes, he points out, your own back yard is the wrong place -- and anytime can be the wrong time.
From the Dedication ("To the victims. . .") to the last sentence, AMK will keep you spellbound with incident after incident highlighting Mother Nature's most unsavory secret -- that she has spawned several beasts with total disdain for human life. More disturbing still, their favorite prey seems to be children. Make a note that `beasts' includes Fido and Tabby, for there are several passages devoted to `domesticated animals', though Zaidle makes it clear he's unconvinced such animals exist in any context you may find comforting.
Interspersed with stories of carnage (you'll want to read this book before deciding if its appropriate for your kid to use for a school report) are tips and hints from everything about how to hunt to how to prevent being hunted and what to do should you find yourself in that wrong place. There is also humor.Read more ›
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Absolutely fantastic book. Everoine who spends time in the environment should read this book. These are based on true reports. My moto: always be prepared. Know what is around you.Published 7 months ago by TERRY REAMS
I wasn't impressed with this book, but if you are a collector of this type then it's probably a necessary addition. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Woody
Theses books are very interesting and insightful. You feel like you are a part of the story. This is a good read.Published on December 27, 2012 by Sandra Anderson
I'M NOT GOING IN THE WOODS ALONE AGAIN..EVER LOL
JUST KIDDING...EVERYONE SHOULD REALIZE WHAT REALLY IS OUT THERE WAITING TO EAT YOU.
The author has a very vivid imagination, I'll give him that. The only problem is that this book was written as nonfiction!Published on December 10, 2001
Think those wild animals are the only dangerous things out there? Check out your cat. That's right, your own cat! Read morePublished on November 20, 2001 by Bruce Bogart
I had high hopes for this one, but was sorely disappointed. The book was totally unobjective, filled with slurs against anyone who doesn't believe that plugging an animal with six... Read morePublished on October 5, 2000 by Cindy Volz
I can't remember when I enjoyed a book as well as I did this one. Dons style of writing really appeals to my particular tastes. Read morePublished on February 5, 2000 by Cole Hansen
Zaidle flavors these shocking accounts of animal attacks on humans with intelligence, astonishing research, a sense of humor, and delightful use of language. Read morePublished on September 14, 1999