What the bears know

how I found truth and magic in America's most misunderstood creatures
Steve Searles and Chris Erskine
Book - 2023

"In this wondrous and eye-opening exploration, Steve Searles, the renown and respected "Bear Whisperer" of Mammoth Lakes, takes the reader on a journey into the lives of these remarkable creatures and the world we share. In the late 1990s, the town of Mammoth Lakes, California hired Steve Searles as a hunter to cull half its troublesome bear population. But as he began to prepare for the grim task, the bears soon won him over, and Searles realmsed there had to be a better way. He soon developed non-lethal tactics to control their behavior and overpopulation that heralded a landmark moment in the care and handling of the American black bear. But change was not without its challenges. To some, his success was dismissed due to his lack of formal academic training. Yet Searles never wavered in his commitment, and eventually became not just local folk hero but a nationally recognized expert. This high school dropout saved not just the bears, but, in many ways, his community. In a tradition that runs from John Muir to Bear Grylls, Searles finds a fellowship with nature and a deeper meaning in the world of bears. Do bears understand things we don't? Are they dialed in to some greater natural force? Unlike us, bears waste little time on unreasonable fears. Bears are fully in the moment. They have an inner peace that seems to offset their power and strength. That may explain why no other animal on the planet is as revered as the bear. As Searles shares his remarkable knowledge and we become immersed in the ursine world, you'll never look at bears or nature the same way again. Warm and poignant, and perfect for anyone who has been fascinated by the natural world, What the Bears Know shows that wisdom and fulfillment can come from unexpected places"--

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Bibliographic Details
Main Authors: Searles, Steve, 1959- (Author), Erskine, Chris (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Pegasus Books, 2023.
Edition:First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
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505 0 |a Introduction -- Bears, bears everywhere -- A gopher in my glove -- Finding my magic mountain -- The things I don't know -- This moment changes everything -- My dear Debs -- A bear named Hemorrhoid -- Why bears sleep upside down -- I hate fear -- Big runs for his life -- Wilderness Jesus -- Spreading the word -- New Jersey needs help -- The super bowl of bears -- Don't feed our bears -- Locals vs. tourists -- This bear changes everything -- Dances with bears -- No quick fixes -- A wobbly little cub -- Pizza and the baby -- 'Good thoughts are tiny prayers' -- Searles, you're fired -- Reality TV and me -- More media magic -- Blondie's luckless life -- All in a day's work -- Literally up a tree -- Another bloody bumper -- So long, Debs -- 'I don't do that anymore' -- The creek fire closes in -- Epilogue -- Black bear tip sheet -- Acknowledgments. 
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