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Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance Paperback – May 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941130827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941130820
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've read Stephen Herrero's gripping and information [book] and I recommend the same thing for anyone going to bear country, whether a casual day hiker or a back-country pro."--Los Angeles Times


"[R] equired reading." --Rocky Mountain News

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What causes bear attacks? When should you play dead and when should you fight an attacking bear? What do we know about black and grizzly bears and how can this knowledge be used to avoid bear attacks? And, more generally, what is the bear's future?

Bear Attacks is a thorough and unflinching landmark study of the attacks made on men and women by the great grizzly and the occasionally deadly black bear. This is a book for everyone who hikes, camps, or visits bear country – and for anyone who wants to know more about these sometimes fearsome but always fascinating wild creatures.

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When I first read this book I knew next to nothing about bears.
Linda Jo Hunter
I recommend reading Mark of the Grizzly for the stories, and Bear Attacks for the practical information.
ghost of a red rose
I found the book to be very readable and based on fact instead of emotions and opinions.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ghost of a red rose on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I visited Yellowstone National Park this summer, and on the way in we stopped by the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, where I picked up this book as well as Mark of the Grizzly, by Scott McMillion. I read them back to back during our trip, and so will compare them in my reviews.

Dr. Stephen Herrero is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is recognized throughout the world as a leading authority on bear ecology, behavior, and attacks.

This book is the definitive "go-to" text for practical advice about keeping yourself safe in bear country. It has the most detailed, the most up-to-date, the most well-documented, and the most information, period, of any book available. If you do any hiking or camping in bear country, you need this book - and you need to not just read it, but to buy a copy for your permanent collection so that you can refresh your memory before each trip.

A great deal of research has been done on bears in the past several decades, and much of the accepted wisdom that we grew up with turns out to be dead (and I use the word deliberately) wrong. For example:
- Play dead - the worst thing you can do if the attack is a predatory one. Does sometimes work in defensive attacks, though.
- Climb a tree if it's a grizzly - Grizzlies can and do climb trees; plus which they also have a very high reach. Some people have indeed escaped grizzly attacks in this way, but others have been pulled out of trees by grizzlies from as high as 32 feet up!
- Black bears never prey on humans, only grizzlies do - It's actually just the opposite. Although black bears are far more easily intimidated by humans who fight back, blacks are also far more likely to prey on us.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Newman VINE VOICE on September 4, 2005
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This is the single greatest academic look at bear attacks. Herrero is so exhaustive in his efforts to describe every type of bear attack that after a while you wonder how you can possibly survive a night outside. It seems that in every situation, no matter what you do to avoid a mauling there is a story where it leads to a mauling. But his complete look at all types of maulings comes to two conclusions. First there are basic strategies that work in almost all situations and second, bears are unpredictable so there is no magic answer for all situations.

The book does have a lot of graphic bear attack stories, but this is not a typical "bear attack" book. In the end this book is an academic book full of scientific analysis and statistics. Between attack stories, it can be dry, scientific reading. But if you want to know everything you can about you won't do better than this book
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William R. Cramer on August 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is it!! The authoritative piece of literature on avoiding bear attacks. An absolute must for anyone who travels or works in bear country, especially grizzly bear country. I have over 350 books and publications on bears and refer to this book when friends want advice on their next hike in bear country. I learned how really useless "bear bells" are in bear country and that in itself might have saved me from many "ugly" encounters of suprising a grizzly bear on the trail. Sometimes it is only one small bit of advice that "saves" you from so many problems in life and this book is full of great advice.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TODD RAMBOSEK on November 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. I love to hike in bear country and feel much more prepared now that I have read it. Herrero presents his data in both a scientific and honest way careful not to overstate what we do or don't know about bears. He is clearly the world's authority on bear behavior as he has been on site after nearly every bear attack in north america in the past 30 years. He describes in detail (often gorry but necessarily so) what happened in each account and provides a critique of what the injured did or did not do correctly in the given situation. Clearly anyone who reads this book will be better prepared to enter bear country with both respect for bears and how to avoid confrontation. I highly recommend this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've worked with the (volunter) Nat'l Park Service for three years with the bear division in Sequioa Nat'l Park Califonia,I came face to face with many of bears, I thought I knew almost everything about bears.People thought I was nuts getting so close to them.This BOOK openned my eyes (I guess I was nuts)it scared me,made me realize how close to death I was a number of times. The next time I went back to the park I was alot more educated and aware, I recommened this book to any body and everybody, backpackers, weekend family campers, hunters any one who enjoys the great outdoors. Billy Bear.......
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having a fondness for the God's nature, I find myself in it when possible. I have never encountered a bear in the wild yet. But when I do, this book will have me prepared. Why? Because this book will educate you in bear behavior and give you the tips to avoid or survive an attack. And it will scare the pants off you!
I also recommend seeing the documentary film Bear Attacks (1997). I just saw it on the Discovery Channel. It also was very interesting and it reinforces the reality of the book.
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