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Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Volume 1) Paperback – September 23, 2013
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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.
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!
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Top customer reviews
Carey Jones narrates in a laid back tongue in cheek manner that seems perfect for the material.
The book is made up of very tiny chapters-some bigger, some smaller. Each chapter reads just like Mr. DeLozier is having a conversation with you by a campfire. Don't read this book if you are looking to be a literary snob. Instead, read this book because you want to know about what a ranger has experienced.
Be prepared to laugh! Be prepared to cry... Because he teaches you a lot about the pros and cons of what he has done, and what many others are doing. I am so glad I purchased this book, and I fully intend to buy the second! Thank you to both the writer and the storyteller for this eye-opening, enjoyable book.
The "author" got his foot in the door at the park by agreeing to hunt and shoot wild pigs. I had no idea that wild boars created such problems. Eventually he became a ranger where it seems a large part of his job was dealing with problem bears. Most of the time people caused the problems with the bears, but the bears ended-up suffering for it.
No, it's not an in depth intellectual discussion about the intelligence and "humanity" of bears, but there are things to learn. And, it is entertaining.
"A fed bear is a dead bear." Perhaps visitors to our nation's parks and forests will learn how to behave from reading this and stop rendangering their lives as well as the animals.