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Originally published in 1919 This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume

10 thoughts on “Grizzly

  1. says:

    First of all the author of this book is not 'Unknown' The man's name is Enos A Mills I chose this GR edition because it was the only one that matched the page count of the Project Gutenberg edition I read And as far as I could tell this GR edition is the very book I read which says right on the title page Enos A Mills And to top it off Enos Abijah Mills is the same person as Enos A Mills But anywayWho was he to write such a book? According to wiki Mills was an American naturalist author and homesteader He was the main figure behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park The only completely personal detail that Mills gives in his book is towards the end when he mentions that he had been observing bears since 1884 That was when he moved to Colorado at age 14 Other than that he just shares his outdoors adventures and his knowledge which came from being aware and paying attentionThis book was published in 1919 and is full of memories of the bears Mills had spent years observing He would track them not to hunt them but merely to watch and learn their ways He also rarely or never took a gun with him And he was never attacked by the animals although he and the various bears managed to scare each other than once usually by accident Once he was running down a mountain and one leap over a rock landed him right beside a sleeping bear He said they looked at each other for a few seconds and then both ran off in opposite directions Well yeahThis was a fun book to read but Mills did make his bears seem a little too human I know that is easy to do we all do it when we watch animals But sometimes the author got carried away with such ideas In one chapter he talks about watching a bear who suddenly noticed his own shadow while walking past a snow drift Then the bear spent uite a bit of time playing with his shadow boxing with it watching to see where it went when he turned his head all sorts of things Mills made it seem as though the bear knew it was his own shadow and was amusing himself with it I suppose that could be true but the story reminded me of a cat I had for one day Mother made me take it back to the neighbors after it spent the entire afternoon trying to fight with the mean looking black cat in the mirrorBut how can you get too annoyed with a man whose biggest enjoyment involved heading out into the wilderness with nothing than a hatchet a camera some binoculars and a small pack of food? Mills did this one November hoping to be able to trail and observe a grizzly without being observed in return Not easy He explained in earlier chapters just how vigilant bears are even when they seem to be ignoring their surroundings This chapter where he tells of all the miles he followed the bear and the many times he nearly caught up with him and described what the bear did all this time made me wonder about Mills even while I admired the adventure he initiated Just a chapter or two earlier he had said that bears hate to be followed and that they will often backtrack themselves to see who or what is on their trail So during our jaunt when the bear finally gets annoyed and starts lying in ambush to see who the heck is breathing down his neck all the time I had to snort in disbelief when Mills seemed surprised and claimed the bear had not been harassed at any time He may not have been harassed but he obviously knew Mills was there and he got tired of the company Bears like their privacy Mills says it himself many times And while he may have thought he was keeping cleverly out of range and upwind of the bear clearly he was mistaken and the bear began to let him know that enough was enough Luckily Mills paid attention to these hintsWhich leads me to another point that I never thought about until I read this book Mills comments many times about the bear's natural curiosity According to him all the bears that Lewis and Clark described during their famous journey were just being curious and wanting to get a closer look at the strange boats and other contraptions the team were using to explore the country The bears had never seen such things so they stood up then came closer and closer still So Lewis and Clark and their hunters shot them all and called them horrible vicious and 'grisly' and according to Mills the grizzly bear has suffered an undeserved reputation ever since He says they are defensive but not aggressive He certainly never mentioned being attacked or mauled and he was out in the boonies enough for the bears to have had plenty of opportunity to even the score a bit Despite some iffy issues here and there overall I greatly enjoyed the book and plan to read by this author He was very observant with a wry sense of humor at times and I feel that I know about bears than I did before which I am sure was one aim of this book After all as Mills says in one chapterThe destiny of the human race is intimately tied up with nature and for any one to misunderstand the simple facts which unite us with nature is to be out of harmony with the whole scheme of things

  2. says:

    The author of this book is mentioned in Charlie Russell's book The Spirit Bear as a writer who had particularly interesting insights into the grizzly bear Reading the book it is apparent that he had far interactions with grizzlies than virtually any other man Written in 1919 the book reflects the author's experiences over many preceding years The author observes that the number of grizzlies had declined even by the time the book was written suggesting the opportunities for observing bears unaffected by human interaction were better in the past It is important to realize that grizzlies may well exhibit different behavior today with pressure from manMills concluded that while the grizzly is territorial it is not necessarily aggressive although impinging on its territory can result in charges and attacks He characterizes the grizzly as being an inherently curious animal and found the grizzly to be eternally vigilant possessed with excellent sight and olfactory abilitiesThe grizzly's diet is primarily vegetarian supplemented with insects small mammals and carrion While grizzlies have killed humans the author states that he has never heard of an authentic instance of one eating human fleshMills says that the bears eat nothing for the four to five days preceding retirement to the den The stomach and intestine of bears killed in hibernation are empty Hibernation is not deep they can be routed out without difficulty and are fully alert immediately During hibernation the hard skin on the feet is shed and the bears avoid rough ground as their feet are tender The claws grow out replacing the worn broken and blunt claws of the previous fall After leaving the den the bear does not eat for a few days then gradually ramps up his eating over two weeksA number of accounts of captive grizzlies are included The author raised a pair of cubs which he named Jenny and JohnnyMills had tracked many bears He describes tracking one bear which did a loop through its territory and then a second loop roughly following the first A few years later the author again tracked the same bear which again largely followed the same loop When tracking bears he found that they would often discover him and loop back behind him to follow Grizzlies often show courage and strategy by hiding and lying in ambush for a pursuing hunter The bears seem to understand that their tracks reveal their movementsHe mentions two bears that killed large numbers of cattle but were able to avoid attempts to kill them for many yearsMills did not carry a gun while working with grizzliesAn excellent book that includes many details that are available in current writings on the grizzly bear

  3. says:

    Reading this book will provide you with face to face observance of the grizzly bear than any other man Enos makes this an extremely fun and light read with his anecdotes of grizzly tracking I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend as a camping read Enos' insights into how to protect the grizzly are over 50 years before national protection of the species His forethought as well as detailed adventures are amazing to read Highly recommend

  4. says:

    This was wonderful I learned a ton and it was extensive and fun to read

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