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Bear in the Back Seat II: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Smokies Wildlife Ranger Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Jourdan , Kim DeLozier
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Second volume of true stories from a national bestselling series set in “[a]n extraordinary landscape populated with befuddled bears, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and nine million tourists, some of whom are clueless."

The first volume of DeLozier's memoir was a #9 Wall Street Journal Bestseller in December of 2013.

In Kim DeLozier’s world, when sedated wild black bears wake unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or his car as he’s driving down the highway, or in his office while he’s talking on the phone, it’s just another day in the park.

You’ll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of dealing with enraged wild boars, elk, and other wildlife.

A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over thirty years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors a year from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America --and the bears from tourists who tried to get too close.

Written with Wall Street Journal bestselling author Carolyn Jourdan who has several highly-regarded #1 Amazon bestsellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia. Her other books are "Heart in the Right Place", "Medicine Men", and "Out on a Limb".


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Praise for Jourdan's Other Books
  • #5 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best seller, Medicine Men(October, 2014)
  • #9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Bear in the Back Seat (December 2013)
  • #7 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Heart in the Right Place (September 2012)
  • Heart in the Right Place chosen as first ever Book of the Month by Family Circle magazine
  • "Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing."  Fannie Flagg -- Author of Fried Green Tomatoes 
  • "This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn't a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer."  Dolly Parton -- Singer, Songwriter, and Actress

Kim Delozier, wildlife ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 32 years and Park Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, has seen just about everything when it comes to bear antics! Bear in the Back Seat is packed with amazing stories that the whole family will enjoy. And, you'll learn a ton of great pointers about how to safely view animals in the wild.
Jack Hanna, 
Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo, &
 Host, TV's Into the Wild

Kim is a modern day Daniel Boone whose experiences with wild bears, wild hogs, people, and other critters, demonstrate that untamed frontiers still exist in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Kim spent over 30 years as a wildlife ranger with a wild spirit and a deep love of nature. His book presents a southern style armchair adventure that is fascinating to read about but was often a challenge to be part of.
Stephen Herrero, Ph.D., author of Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance

About the Author

Kim DeLozier grew up living and working on his family's farm in eastern Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He began his career with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1978 working as a wild hog hunter. Kim retired in 2010 after 32 rewarding years of service in wildlife management. During his career, Kim's involvement primarily focused on nuisance black bear management, wild hog control, white-tailed deer management, small animal management (skunks, raccoons, bats), and re-introduction efforts for elk, peregrine falcons, river otters, and red wolves. Kim married his high school sweetheart, Donna, over 36 years ago. They have two wonderful children, Carrie and Travis, and four precious grandsons, Baylor, Duke, Turner, and Fox. Kim and Donna currently live on the original DeLozier farm in the same farmhouse his Dad was raised in. They feel extremely blessed!

Carolyn Jourdan is the author of three Wall Street Journal best selling books and is also a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author.  Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (now Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs). Carolyn has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law. She lives on the family farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with many stray animals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988564378
  • Publisher: Zo'o Media; 1 edition (March 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7XP6CI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you’re going to the Smokies, you need this book March 25, 2014
By Lissy
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited to see this release, as a huge fan of the first Bear in the Back Seat. Enjoy the critters and help keep them safe. You might recognize some of your own mistakes, but this book will help you stay safe. It’s well written. I want more more more!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light easy read, yet educational January 9, 2015
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Interesting stories of a park ranger's experiences and the work involved in keeping visitors safe and protecting the parks. Light easy read, yet educational. Mr. DeLozier was a dedicated and hard working park ranger who's job required him to work very long hours in some very undesirable and sometimes very dangerous conditions.
I find the statement about the number of people killed from black bear attacks in the Smokey Mt. park or US in general, misleading. It gives the impression that the chance of being killed by a black bear is slim to none. While very few have died, it isn't because the bears didn't try. If it weren't for others being there to beat the bear off the victim or the victim able to do so, the death toll would be much, much greater.
I am grateful for the work of our park rangers and impressed with their bravery and sorry they continually have to repair the damage of ignorant or disrespectful park visitors.
For more info. on black bear safety and behaviors, read "Backcountry Bear Basics" by Dave Smith and Ben Kilham's two books, "Out On a Limb" and "Among the Bears".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud and learn about Wild Animals. March 25, 2014
By Elrond
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit I am a BIG fan of all of Carolyn Jourdan's work.

Why?

Like all her other books, in this book there are lots of humorous anecdotes. Interesting stories. I really enjoyed this book and laughed so hard my husband asked me what I was laughing at. I read it to him and he laughed too. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Brilliantly written.

Buy it, read it, love it. I did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer joy for nature lovers. April 26, 2014
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There is also a first volume, "Bear In The Back Seat I," which is equally engrossing. I happened to read the two books out of order, but that didn't ruin my enjoyment of the stories. There is nothing better than reading first-hand accounts of working with nature. The ranger who coauthored these books devoted his life to caring for the bears and many other creatures that inhabit the forests of the southern USA. These books should be required reading for everyone who plans to visit a state or national park. The main lesson thread that runs through each tale is: in the parks and reserves, you will be a guest in the home of some amazing animals, so treat them and their home with respect. Don't feed the animals, don't litter, and don't behave like idiots by approaching them. They are wild, not tame. Admire them from afar, then leave them in peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book!! March 26, 2014
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If you love the adventure of the otutdoors, you will love this book detailing the adventures of a wildlife ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A fun and entertaining read that is great for all ages. My kids beg me to read this book to them every night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important and Touching book. March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A Great Book, a MUST read must read for all national park visitors
Anyone who plans to visit the Smokies or any national park with wildlife should read this book before they go. Then they will know how to behave around wildlife. The life you save could be your own, or your child’s, or even the animal’s. Very important, and touching, book.
MaryAnn Fry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 20, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed book one and worried that the best stories got used up in the first book. I worried in vain! I liked book 2 even better than book 1. As a regular hiker and runner of the Smokies I love these books. I am familiar with the places mentioned and have seen many bears, elk and even some boars. Reading these books is like taking a vacation in the Smokies. The authors do an excellent job and the stories are delightful with a few with sad endings. If you like the outdoors and animal stories you will love these books. Five stars all the way! I look forward to book 3!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories! April 10, 2014
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It's only natural that an extremely diverse place like the Smoky Mountains would inspire so many funny, heart warming and touching stories like the ones told in "Bear in the Back Seat", 1 and 2!

Kim Delozier does a great job of taking his readers into the back country of the Smokies and exploring the wildlife with him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Funny Read
this is the second book in this series and i hope they come out with another one. its about a ranger and the different and often funny things he had to deal with in his thirty plus... Read more
Published 4 days ago by L. johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting light read about the misadventures of a wildlife ranger. How foolish some people in feeding wild animals.
Published 4 days ago by B. HALL
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I loved the first book of this series, and this one was just as good.
I learned, from my Mother and maternal Grandmother, to love all living things. Read more
Published 6 days ago by T.A.Finigan
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are wondering what life as a wildlife management ranger is like...
Enjoyable and educational. If you are wondering what life as a wildlife management ranger is like this book will explain it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jean Greenough
5.0 out of 5 stars real good read
This book is so good I could not put it down. Informative and had me in stitches at times.
Published 7 days ago by M. Oakes
3.0 out of 5 stars More book than material here. It is interesting but ...
More book than material here. It is interesting but tells too many variations of the same story over and over and over and...
Published 10 days ago by Worthreader
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a good and quick read for those who like the genre
A day in the life of... kind of book. He tells a bunch of stories from his days as a Wildlife Ranger, it's a good and quick read for those who like the genre. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Susan Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like nature and wildlife......
Good read about what it's like to be a wildlife ranger in the Smokies. Mostly about bear and elk with lots of amusing anecdotes.
Published 13 days ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable ,moments edge of the set reading!
It held my interest. Never realized what the Rangers did and how dangerous their jobs are until now. I found reading
Interesting and informative. Read more
Published 14 days ago by donna tomaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bear read
Kim has a way with good old story telling. This book is fun to read and has some comical parts along with the serious stuff. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Thomas Andert
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