Kevin Van Tighem
Fear of bears seems almost to be
part of what it is to be human. Our species emerged out of the
depths of time into a world already populated by these great
carnivores. Before we mastered iron and later developed firearms, we
had few defences against bears—only watchful caution and elaborate
ceremonies and sacrifices to ward off fear.
Where human populations grow,
bears have traditionally dwindled or disappeared. But when we return
to the wild, to places where bears still survive, all our primeval
fears awaken again. The risk of an automobile accident on the way to
bear country far outstrips the risk of a close-range encounter with
a bear, but it's the bear that worries us as we hurtle down the
pavement at a hundred kilometres an hour.
In this timely and sensitive book,
Kevin Van Tighem calls on decades of experience, knowledge and
understanding in order to enlighten readers about our relationship
with and attitude toward bears. Along the way we are confronted with
the realities confronting these great animals as a result of our
ever-expanding human population and their ever-shrinking natural
habitat. Through historical research, field observation, practical
advice, personal anecdotes and an array of stunning photos, Van
Tighem has written a comprehensive book that is meant to demystify
bears in order to promote a deeper understanding of these powerful
yet vulnerable creatures.
Bears Without Fear is available
at Mooseprint Books & Gifts for $25.