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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 by [Jourdan, Carolyn, DeLozier, Kim]
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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.

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  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Zo'o Media; 1 edition (March 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7XP6CI
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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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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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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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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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I enjoyed this series of stories about handling animals (and humans) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Though the author makes light of some of the challenges of managing the animals, particularly bears, there is also a consistent message that the animals normally only become dangerous if they've become accustomed to being fed by humans. Some of the vignettes are humorous, some more serious, but they all seem to be told with authenticity and directness. You get no sense that the author is making this stuff up just to sell books ! In fact, the book does take on a rather documentary quality at times, when I felt a more personalized language, and perhaps some dialogue and quotes, would have made it more appealing and memorable.

Some of the interesting passages that I highlighted in my Kindle copy of the book include:

"If I had to choose an animal to come back after I die, it would be a river otter. They seem to play all the time."
..."we smeared Vaseline on the back of each cub to try to mask any human smell on them. We hoped the mother would wake up and lick the cubs to clean them."
"Male bears are naturally programmed to kill every cub they find in an effort to maintain dominance in their territory."
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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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This was a very intereting book. The writer gave a lot of fascinating facts about the things that had happened in his life. His writing failed to get the emotion that other writers may have put into the stories but as they were facts even when life was in danger you knew they got out of the situation.
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I really enjoyed this book. I liked he way it was written in short episodes. I also enjoyed learning about the wild animals. I visited the Park briefly a couple of times including Cades Cove which I found very interesting. I will confess that I am quite timid concerning wild animals and seldom ventured far from the safety of a car. If I had read this book BEFORE my visits, I might not have left my car at all. I did not know there are SO MANY black bears there!!
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