Start reading Bear in the Back Seat II: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger... on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

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
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $9.99
Kindle Price: $5.99
You Save: $4.00 (40%)
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 83%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $5.99  
Paperback $9.99  
It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson
It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson
Check out the newest book by Willie Nelson. Learn more | See related books

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".

Editorial Reviews


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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light easy read, yet educational January 9, 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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".
Was this review helpful to you?
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.


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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer joy for nature lovers. April 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book!! March 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 20, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories! April 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Pretty good book. A little dry, but very engaging stories. I'll probably read it again in a few months.
Published 2 days ago by J. Minsahll
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it very much.
some of the rangers stories were very funny and it gives the average National Park visitor an inside look of how things are done inside the park. I recommend this book.
Published 3 days ago by Edie
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Wildlife Stories From a Great Smokey Mountains Park Ranger
Not literature, but light reading that will appeal to nature and wildlife lovers. This is a wonderful collection of true stories from the Great Smokey Mountains told by a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gettysburg Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Great story!! Gives great insight into the job of a wildlife biologist working in the Great Smokie Mountains. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Pat Whitaker
3.0 out of 5 stars HO HUM
Not that interesting.
Published 7 days ago by Grammy A
5.0 out of 5 stars Protecting animals can be dangerous.
Interesting events of a young animal ranger as he learns problems of protecting animals.
Published 9 days ago by pmuse
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A very interesting book. I learned that being a park ranger can be a dangerous job. I am a animal lover and enjoyed this book very much.
Published 10 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book.
It was a good book, interesting, true stories. You could read a couple stories and stop and then just pick it up and start reading a new adventure.
Published 13 days ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Funny in places but slow in others still would read others
Published 13 days ago by Barbara King
5.0 out of 5 stars Another truly good book by a dedicated bear and animal lover.
Another wonderful book about bears and the adventures of a great person that truly cares about the bears and other animals he tries to protect. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Moretta at Heart
Search Customer Reviews

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category