An 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 De Lozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America — and the bears from tourists who get too close.Servheen has been the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the U. Fish and Wildlife Service for three decades, and his phone usually rings with news of mundane grizzly malfeasance: a bear breaking into garbage cans in the tiny town of Cooke City, Mont., or a grizzly being spotted getting too close to a rancher’s cows somewhere in Wyoming.But a call he got late last summer was much more sinister. 25, for the second time in two months, a grizzly bear killed a human being in Yellowstone. Servheen's bushy handlebar mustache barely twitches as he runs through Yellowstone's many hazards and explains how rare grizzly attacks are in comparison.On Friday a hiker was found dead in Yellowstone National Park.CNN reports that based on a preliminary invesitgation, "an adult female grizzly and at least one cub were present" at the hiker's death, and that, if found, bears involved in human fatalities are generally euthanized. A grizzly was ambling along the Yellowstone River on a clear day in late September 2011, when she lifted her nose up and smelled something familiar in the air.It took a couple of minutes for the mother grizzly to stop breathing, and for her heart to stop beating.For her cubs, this marked the end of their life of freedom.
Her cubs backed off at the first sight of the humans, but they returned just minutes later when they smelled more dead meat: Both were soon coerced into another barrel-shaped piece of metal.Best Selling audio book, and #1 Best Seller in National Park bookstores. This boxed set contains true stories from “[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.” In Kim De Lozier’s world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in 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 relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit.In 2012, Jessica Grose wrote about death in Yellowstone. She couldn’t tell quite what it was, but it smelled like food.Maybe the shredded remains of a bison taken down by a wolf pack, its innards sloughing out of its stomach and onto the riverbank.