ISBN: 0-88240-232-3. Paperback. 317 pages. 5.25 x 8.25 x .75 in. Copyright 1983.
Alaska Bear Tales captures man's struggle for survival in a bear's jaws. In Alaska this life or death situation includes black, brown/grizzly and polar bears. Larry Kaniut chronicles bear-man encounters from false charge through fatality, interviewing not only the victim of the bear's wrath, but also the rescuer, spouse, family member and doctor.
Kaniut's intent was to present enough encounters to warn the reader to be careful in bear country. In addition to the bear's nature and characteristics, this comprehensive book covers weaponry, humor, nuisance animals, rules, "ursulaneous" and advice for bear mauling avoidance. A rich annotated bibliography is worth the price of the book. Other features include letters and personal diaries.
This is a must read for anyone who loves bears, travels in bear country or loves adventure of the highest order."Alaska Bear Tales will plant hairy tracks a foot long in readers' memories and leave them hearing things in the brush and looking over their shoulders every time they step out of the house." --The Homer News"
This is a book full of stories that will keep the reader from putting the book down until the last page has been turned." --The Indianapolis News"...
Kaniut succeeds in making the point that bears are not bad. They simply are what they are -- fascinating, powerful and often unpredictable, vengeful when injured and protective of their young and their turf. In other words, not unlike us."--The Milwaukee Sentinel"
Stories of terror, adventure, brutality and even humor made the 1983 book Alaska Bear Tales a national phenomenon (more than 200,000 copies sold). Now, Anchorage author and school teacher Larry Kaniut has compiled his second volume of true-life bear stories, so intriguing--so unbelievable--they often read like fiction."
Table of Contents
The Brownie (Grizzly) is Big and Tough
They'll Attack Without Warning
Some Will Charge, Some Will Bluff
They'll Really Maul You
They Will Kill
Which Is The Tougher?
"Come Quick! I'm Being Eaten by a Bear!"
A Boy is Blinded
Nanook--The Ice Bear
Some Are Plain Nuisances
They Can Be Funny
Some Tales Are Odd, Some Are Just Tall
Bows, Slingshots and Boomsticks
You Do A Lot Of Thinking
What The Doctors Say
A Few Rules--Plenty of Caution and Common Sense
Some Final Advice
The Bear's Future In Alaska
Alaskan Bear Harvest Reports