Of all the perils and wonders encountered by Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, none so perfectly represents the enduring mystique of the western wilderness as does the grizzly bear. In this adventure-filled book, historian-naturalist Paul Schullery celebrates the expedition's rich legacy of grizzly lore in light of modern scientific knowledge and separates the legends from the even more thrilling realities.
About the Author
Paul Schullery is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than thirty books on nature, conservation, and outdoor sports. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of letters from Montana State University and the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Center of the American West.
Read an Excerpt
Excerpt from the introduction of Lewis and Clark among the Grizzlies:
"For two hundred years now, students have been pondering what biologist Daniel Botkin has called the lessons of Lewis and Clark. Some of these students were brilliant, some were reckless, some didn't have a clue. Many found only the lessons they wanted to find, many others didn't even realize the lessons were there. Here on the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of the expedition, we are more conscious than ever before of just how important those lessons might be. So besides letting you hear the voices of Lewis, Clark, Gass, Ordway, and the other journalists who described their harrowing, fascinating, comic experiences with grizzly bears, I hope to share with you some of the voices they inspired.
Table of Contents
Introduction (1) First Bears, and other matters (2) "Tracks of White beat which was verry large" (3) Red and Yellow, Black and White (4) "a terrible looking animal" (5) "I do not like the gentleman." (6) Sorting out Species (7) Courage (8) Great Falls (9) Shy Bears (10) Rare Bears (11) Pacific Slope Bears (12) Variegated Bears (13) "A Sertain Fatality" (14) Yellowstone River Bears (15) Big Picture Bears (16) Legacies; Endnotes; Acknowledgements; Index