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About the Author

Dave Smith is a naturalist and avid outdoorsman who has worked in Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, and Glacier Bay National Parks. Smith is also the author of Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Don't
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898869129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898869125
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Hey VINE VOICE on March 31, 2005
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I hope I never have to confront a grizzly bear or a cougar, but given there are grizzly bears near our ski condo and cougars have been seen in a local nature preserve I'm not taking chances.

You probably know the basics of hanging your food in a tree and not letting bears see your cooler in your car. This little book goes way beyond the basics. With a chapter per animal, it explains animal behavior and takes you through your options. You can find out whether a bear is predatory, how to select a campsite and what a cougar does before it pounces. Be careful of those buffalo in Yellowstone - it lists the other parks where you might find them too. It also tells you about javelinas - a risk I had never considered.

There is an excellent section on pepper spray. It has good statistics - like the weight of a moose or the number of people that die of rabies. Your odds of getting eaten alive are pretty low - but why take chances. As it says "Hiking in grizzly country is dangerous and that's all there is to it."

Read this book - the techniques for each animal are different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shark Mom on July 19, 2010
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We are planning a family vacation to a location with several of the animals in this book and have been very pleased by the contents. We've been able to use it as a read aloud, talk about sort of book with our children. Each chapter starts with a possible encounter and in several cases our children thought the thing to do was the exact wrong thing (usually running like mad).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Davidson on January 6, 2009
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My favorite past time.. avoiding being eaten !
Great book, detailed stories..
I will live to review another day...for now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark LaPointe on August 9, 2009
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About me: Long-time "civilized" camping experience, but a novice to overnight hiking and camping in the wilds where things can tear you up and eat a person. Now...
About this book: I appreciate the brevity and how many different kinds of animals it described. Seems like a good book. I won't know until I'm attacked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ranger Erica on January 29, 2015
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As a ranger who has had many seasons in various parks like Grand Teton and countless bear encounters, it is unfortunate to see this inaccurate information being sold to visitors. This book provides information on bear spray and yet claims that it is alright to test it out and then taste it. Most park visitor centers selling bear spray have test cans for practice. It is not a good idea to take the safety off an actual can unless absolutely necessary since there are many factors you must consider before spraying, like wind direction for example. Bear bells are a myth as well and can actually do the opposite by making bears curious and attracted to you which is why they are now called 'dinner bells'. These are only a few examples of the misinformation included so I encourage you to utilize the many great resources in our parks and online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5324172.
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If you live or play in the great outdoors, this is a handy read while driving or flying to your destination. I live in rural Colorado where the likelihood of a face to face with a coyote, a black bear, a wolf hybrid or a mountain lion is high. All have happened to us over the years. In Yellowstone, I have had many close encounters with bison. And, while hunting elk just outside Yellowstone, I did come face to face with a grizzly while on horseback with a guide. It was so close that I could clearly see the individual hairs on its face. So, for those who think that it could never happen or that one is more likely to be struck by lightning, think again. Personally, I rather be prepared. This little book goes a long way toward getting one's head in the right place. I have my Kindle edition and have purchased two hard copies as gifts.
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