When a pine needle falls in the forest, the eagle sees it, the deer hears it, and the bear smells it.


 During the winter ceremony, Kwakiutl dancers in masks and costumes representing (l to r) Wasp, Thunderbird, and Grizzly-bear, arrive in canoes. Edward S. Curtis - Published in: The North American Indian

During the winter ceremony, Kwakiutl dancers in masks and costumes representing (l to r) Wasp, Thunderbird, and Grizzly-bear, arrive in canoes. Edward S. Curtis – Published in: The North American Indian

Grizzly maze : Timothy Treadwell’s fatal obsession with Alaskan bears  Nick Jans  New York : Dutton, c 2005  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xi, 274 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-257) and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

1839 print shows men in a rowboat coming ashore on the left on a desolate coastline to shoot ravaging bears, seen in center at a carcass and on the right fleeing from the approaching hunters.

1839 print shows men in a rowboat coming ashore on the left on a desolate coastline to shoot ravaging bears, seen in center at a carcass and on the right fleeing from the approaching hunters.

Ursus arctos horribilis, commonly known as the grizzly or brown bear, is one of the most feared animals on the planet. As its most outspoken protector, Timothy Treadwell tirelessly sought to overturn the perception of grizzlies as dangerously aggressive. It was therefore a media sensation when in October 2003 Treadwell and his girlfriend were fatally mauled by a bear in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, the first such attack in the park in eighty-five years. The horrifying audiotape of Treadwell’s final, frantic screams begged the question: How could this happen?

Echo Mountain grizzly by Will James 1921

Echo Mountain grizzly by Will James 1921

In The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, who for years has written about the Alaskan wilderness, ventures to answer this question. Based on exclusive access to the killing site and his own and other’s expert knowledge of Alaskan bears, Jans plots out Treadwell’s final expedition and encounter with the grizzly. In doing so, Jans provides a moving and complex portrait of the man known as the “Bear Whisperer,” whose controversial ideas earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of some animal lovers, and the skepticism of naturalists. The Grizzly Maze also offers a definitive, close-up look at bears, bear behavior, and our complicated relationship with them.

Pictorial lettersheet shows progression of a hunter winning a fight with a bear.   San Francisco : Lithographed & published by Britton & Rey, [between 1850 and 1860]

Pictorial lettersheet shows progression of a hunter winning a fight with a bear. San Francisco : Lithographed & published by Britton & Rey, [between 1850 and 1860]

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