Do (Not) Feed the Bears: The Fitful History of Wildlife and Tourists in Yellowstone

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University Press of Kansas
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5.88 X 9.12 X 0.11 inches | 0.65 pounds

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"I long for books like Biel's Grizzly story--a sharp, complex history of our encounters with animals that's also a lovely, fun piece of writing. Her account of what Yellowstone's bears mean and why is an excellent read for general bear-lovers as well as scholars and students."--Jenny Price, author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America

"Biel's thorough study of America's stormy relationship with the bears of Yellowstone is smart and sympathetic. . . . Valuable for both observers and practitioners of the management of charismatic wildlife."--Paul Schullery, author of Searching for Yellowstone and Real Alaska

"A must-read. It's too funny to pass up and too meaningful to ignore."--Hal K. Rothman, author of Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West
"Biel writes with conviction about the influence of various park superintendents, bear-management strategies, and changing eco-political influences, particularly the economic impact of the tourist trade. Years of training the public to regard bears as neither cute nor cuddly but as wild animals magnificent in their own right and deserving respect appear to have improved the welfare of wildlife in the park. Yet each generation must be educated anew, and Biel's book is a valuable contribution to that effort."--Booklist

"A superb, complex narrative. . . . Biel's work is rooted in solid research and . . . is also aided by her humorous insights."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Biel uses the bear as a lens through which to explore larger questions about America's ambivalent cultural love affair with wilderness. . . . Her work raises thoughtful questions about both the responsibility and culpability of human beings seeking some meaningful and lasting connection to and understanding of wilderness."--The Historian

"Biel chronicles this remarkable change of mind [the bear narrative] with verve and wit. . . . this is a beguiling [first] book."--Pacific Historical Review

"This nuanced, perceptive, and delightful book is a significant addition to wildlife literature and will deservedly attract a wide audience."--Yellowstone Science

"A significant piece, well researched and written. This book does a very good job of interpreting the animal's role in the wildlife and preservation debate in America."--Cultural Geographies

"Biel has written an excellent account of the bears of Yellowstone National Park and the people who interacted with them. The combination of scholarship, inherently fascinating topic, and accessible style makes this work a good choice for classroom use and an important book for environmental historians."--American Historical Review