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Additional Reading

Learning about wildlife and the issues that affect their existence is important as we continue to move into wilderness areas.

Preserving a diversity of wildlife for future generations to enjoy requires an informed public. This is especially true with large mammals such as bears. The more we know about them, the better able we will be to coexist peacefully with these fascinating animals.


Here is a list of books to help you become better acquainted with bears:

Books For adults
The Great Bear Almanac by Gary Brown
Bears, Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness by Wayne Lynch
The Great American Bear by Jeff Fair
Bears by Kevin Van Tighem
Safe Travel in Bear Country by Gary Brown
Backcountry Bear Basics by Dave Smith
Bears by Erwin & Peggy Bauer

Bear Attacks by Stephen Herrero
Bear Aware by Bill Schneider
River of Bears by Tom Walker
Black Bear, Seasons in the Wild by Tom Anderson
Black Bear Country by Michael Furtman
Spirit Bear by Charles Russell
Bears Edited by Ian Stirling
Bears of the World by Lance Craighead
BLACK BEARS by Dave Taytlor (lots of VSWS photos!)
The Black Bear Almanac- David Smith (soon to be published)
Summers With the Bears by Jack Becklund
In the Company of Wild Bears- A Celebration of Backcountry Grizzlies and Black Bears by Howard Smith
and Michael H. Francis
Shadow in the Forest - Idaho's Black Bear by John J. Beechum and Jeff Rohlman
Among the Bears- Raising Orphan cubs in the Wild by Benjamin Kilham and Ed Gray
Spirit Bear: Encounters with the White Bear of the Western Rainforest by Charles Russell and Andy Russell
Alaska's Bears- Grizzlies, Black Bears and Polar Bears by Bill Sherwonit
Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasent Encounters by David Smith
The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fate of Men and Bears by Doug and Andrea Peacock (highly recommended)
BEARS - MONARCHS OF THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE by Wayne Lynch (highly recommended!)

Books for grade school children
BLACK BEAR: North America's Bear by Stephen Swinburn
Black Bears- Our Wild World Series by Kathy Feeney and John McGee
BEARS: Polar Bears, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears by Deborah Hodge and Pat Stephens
The Everywhere Bear by Sandra Chisholm Robinson
Bears by Helen Gilks
Growl! by Melvin Berger
Bears, Bears, Bears by Wayne Lynch
Eli: A Black Bear by Bonnie Highsmith Taylor
Those aren't Teddy Bears in our Parks by Kathleen Keefe
The Wilderness World of Baby Bears by Ken Jenkins
Zoobooks: Bears by Wildlife Education, LTD
Animal Watch - A Visual Introduction to Bears by Bernard Stonehouse
Very First Things to Know About Bears by Deborah Kovacs
Samson the Hot Tub Bear by Wendy Tokuda

Find out more about bears...

Links to other websites on bears

Black Bear Facts

A Closer Look