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Author Simpson, Sherry.

Title Dominion of bears : living with wildlife in Alaska / Sherry Simpson
Published Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 436 pages :) : illustrations (some color)
Contents The Metaphorical Bear -- The Unseen Bear -- The Hungry Bear -- The Social Bear -- The Urban Bear -- The Fearsome Bear -- The Hunted Bear -- The Disappearing Ice Bear -- The Watched Bear -- The Predatory Bear -- The Story of Bears
Summary "A series of illuminating essays on the brown, black, and polar bears of Alaska, and their behavior across a wide range of interactions with each other, their environment, and especially human society. Combining field research, interviews, and a host of up-to-date secondary sources, Alaskan native Simpson blends scientific understanding with lucidly polished prose to reveal how complex, mystifying, and somehow essential bears are for those who live in the 49th state and a great many of us who don't"-- Provided by publisher
"Long ago we invited bears into our stories, our dreams, our nightmares, our lives. We have always sought them out where they live, for their hides, their meat, their beauty, their knowingness. Human country and bear country exist side by side. As Sherry Simpson suggests, the relationship between bears and humans is ancient and ongoing and, in Alaska, profoundly and often uncomfortably close. A huge number of North America's bears live in Alaska: including at least 31,000 brown bears, 100,000 black bears, and 3,500 polar bears. And nearly every aspect of Alaskan society reflects their presence, from hunting to tourism marketing to wildlife management to urban planning. A long-time Alaskan, Simpson offers a series of compelling essays on Alaskan bears in both wild and urban spaces--because in Alaska, bears are found not only in their natural habitat but also in cities and towns. Combining field research, interviews, and a host of up-to-date scientific sources, her finely polished prose conveys a wealth of information and insight on ursine biology, behavior, feeding, mating, social structure, and much more. Simpson crisscrosses the Alaskan landscape in pursuit of bears as she muses, marvels, and often stands in sheer awe before these charismatic creatures. Firmly grounded in the expertise of wildlife biologists, hunters, and viewing guides, she shows bears as they actually are, not as we imagine them to be. She considers not only the occasionally aggressive behavior bears need to survive, but also the violence exacted upon them by trophy hunters, advocates of predator control, or suburbanites who view bears as land sharks that threaten the safety of their families. Shifting effortlessly between fascinating facts and poetic imagery, Simpson crafts an extended meditation on why we are so drawn to bears and why they continue to engage our imaginations, populate indigenous mythologies, and help define our essential visions of wilderness. As Simpson observes, "The slightest evidence that bears share your world--or that you share theirs--can alter not only your sense of the landscape, but your sense of yourself within that landscape""-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-418) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Simpson, Sherry -- Travel -- Alaska.
Bears -- Behavior -- Alaska.
Bears -- Ecology -- Alaska.
Bears -- Alaska.
Black bear -- Alaska.
Brown bear -- Alaska.
Human-animal relationships -- Alaska.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Alaska.
Polar bear -- Alaska.
Alaska -- Description and travel.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0700620249 (electronic bk.)
9780700620241 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alkaline paper)
(cloth ; alkaline paper)