Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters

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The Mountaineers Books, 2006 - Nature - 157 pages
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* Practical strategies for avoiding dangerous bear encounters * Debunks commonly held myths about people and bears * Provides tested strategies to help you avoid conflict with black bears and grizzliesBear expert Dave Smith gives you the basics - like how to choose a good campsite and properly store your food so that you don't have to worry whether that pepper spray you brought will work on the bear that wanders into camp. He debunks commonly held myths about people and bears. For instance, menstruating women don't have to stay out of bear country, he says. And no, don't roll up in a ball when faced with a charging bear. So much of conventional wisdom about bears is often just plain bad advice; Smith tells you what you should do instead and why. He also reviews specific outdoor activities - from fishing to mountain biking to hiking with young children to trail running - assessing the likelihood of bear encounters and suggesting tactics for coping in different settings and situations. This second edition incorporates new research (Do bear bells work? Does tent color or shape make a difference in attracting bears?) and adds more charts and sidebars to make material accessible at a glance. Smith provides key information on bear behavior and biology to help you understand, rather than fear, this most misunderstood animal. This book is in the Mountaineers Outdoor Basics series.
  

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This is well-written and provides useful knowledge about bears that will be helpful for hiking in bear country. Read full review

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Contents

Planning a Trip into Bear Country
15
Bear Evolution Biology and Behavior
25
Menstruation Sex and Bears
45
Cooking and Food Storage
57
5 Camping and Travel Tips
75
Bears and Human Recreation
101
Close Encounters
115
Guns and Pepper Spray
131
Epilogue
141
Notes
144
Recommended References
152
Index
155
About the Author
158
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About the author (2006)

Smith is Boyd Professor of English and coeditor of the Southern Review at Louisiana State University.

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