A big shout out to Jake Klein from Skyhorse Publishing for sending me a copy of “When Bears Attack – Close Encounters of the Terrifying Kind” for review.
Nearly every outdoor enthusiast has an interest in bears. Whether its a mutual predatory respect, or an awestruck preoccupation, or a flat-out, paralyzing fear – most of us like stories about bears. Lots of us like bear encounters – when they are sane, and safe. Unfortunately, not all encounters end well.
This book, edited by Joseph B Healy is a great compilation of bear attack tales. Here is the release:
Bears are one of nature’s apex predators, gentle and magnificent to watch from a distance, fierce and unpredictable when aroused. If startled or frightened it’s often too late for humans to escape a dangerous, fearsome, or fatal bear encounter. In this collection, we gather the ultimate thrilling and frightening bear-attack stories, including classic stories of the past few decades.
Joseph B. Healy takes a closer look at some of the notable bear attacks of recent history in order to determine their causes, evaluate what happened, and appreciate the raw power—and danger—of mother nature. He tells tales of hikers enjoying weekend camping trips as well as workers going about their daily routines. Follow along as the victims’ lives are disrupted by bears, and see how survivors were forced to think and act in the moment to stay alive.
As modern life continues to encroach on the wilderness and as bears make a resurgence across North America and due to development are forced to live proximate to mankind, encounters between bears and humans will only increase. And while you’re still less likely to be attacked by a bear than you are to be killed by a lightning strike, any and all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen will enjoy the raw power and potential lifesaving tips found in this ferocious account.
About the Editor:
Joseph B. Healy has spent more than two decades in publishing, editing outdoors magazines for much of that time. His editorial career began at Outdoor Life and continued in fly-fishing and lifestyle publishing. He currently is editor of Covey Rise, a magazine covering the lifestyle of international wing shooting. Healy is the author of Training a Young Pointer, and he has edited Jesus on Forgiveness and John Stuart Mill on Liberty. He lives with his wife, son, and bird dog in Vermont.
I enjoyed the book immensely and one of the things I enjoyed most was the diversity of the stories. Some were funny. Some were pretty scary. Some were informative, and some told a bigger story than that just of the bear. There were bears in Maine and bears in Alaska. There were bears in Canada and California.
There was a great tale of an alcoholic bear in Montana. Causing a ruckus, that bear was finally shot stealing beer. There’s a yarn about a fisherman’s wife who had two big fears – bears and bush planes. Her personal nightmare story included both. There are stories of fatalities, stories about cuts and bruises, and stories where someone’s pride was the only thing injured.
Regardless, the stories are all entertaining, all well-written and once you start a new chapter, it is really hard to stop until you finish that particular tale. You can practically smell the pines of the west or the dank forest floor in Maine. You can imagine the rancid breath of a puffing bruin as it chases you up a tree. It’s likely you’ll learn a thing or two about bears, and maybe a thing or two about people. You’ll probably chuckle a time or two, and maybe – just maybe – you’ll read something that will penetrate to one of those deep, shadowy corners within your brain – and stay there.
If you’re a camper, hiker, fisherman or hunter that is interested in bears – I’d really recommend this book. It’s a great one!