Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem

By Kevin Van Tighem

Bears: with out worry
Fear of bears turns out nearly to be a part of what it's to be human.
Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a global already populated via those nice carnivores.
Before we mastered iron and later constructed firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears—only watchful warning and complicated ceremonies and sacrifices to chase away fear.
Where human populations develop, bears have usually faded or disappeared. but if we go back to the wild, to locations the place bears nonetheless live to tell the tale, all our primeval fears wake up again.
The chance of an car twist of fate with a view to undergo state a long way outstrips the chance of a close-range come upon with a undergo, yet its the undergo that concerns us as we hurtle down the pavement at 100 kilometres an hour.
In this well timed and delicate ebook, Kevin Van Tighem calls on many years of expertise, wisdom and realizing so as to enlighten readers approximately our dating with and angle towards bears.
Along the best way we're faced with the realities confronting those nice animals due to our ever-expanding human inhabitants and their ever-shrinking normal habitat. via ancient examine, box commentary, sensible suggestion, own anecdotes and an array of gorgeous pictures, Van Tighem has written a accomplished publication that's intended to demystify bears so one can advertise a deeper knowing of those strong but susceptible creatures.

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Even today, too many westerners – never having seen a grizzly – accept as received wisdom the prejudiced view that grizzlies and people can’t coexist. Frontier art portrays a time of exceptional violence, frequent tragedy and occasional heroism. But those images take on new meaning as new generations strive to develop a culture worthy of the West we have inherited. The violence, after all, was mostly man-made – imposed by outsiders upon the West, its original peoples and its wildlife. Some of those bears, doomed to violent deaths through humans’ ignorance and fear, may have been among the frontier era’s true tragic heroes.

Its contradictions as a nationally treasured wilderness, continental transportation corridor and expensive tourism resort have spawned decades of controversy over the meaning of national parks. A four-lane expressway and the Canadian Pacific main rail line slice through the Bow River valley – and some of the park’s most productive bear habitat. Resort hotels, golf courses and townsites sprawl across the valley, displacing bears from feeding areas, blocking important wildlife travel corridors, and filling the woods with often naive tourists whose activities also lead to conflict with bears.

Some business operators had adopted the arrogant view that the park existed primarily to serve their commercial ambitions and that if businesses wanted to expand, the bears should move. Parks Canada, lacking effective policy or regulatory tools to manage growth, approved more than a half billion dollars worth of private commercial development in little more than a decade. Each time the town of Banff, the village of Lake Louise, the three ski hills and a number of once-small bungalow camps 39 expanded their footprints, bears lost valuable habitat and became exposed to increased conflict with humans.

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