- A Wall Street Journal Top-10 Best Seller!
- #9 in the USA
This is the first volume in a series of true stories from "[a]n extraordinary landscape populated with befuddled bears, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and nine million tourists, some of whom are clueless."
In Kim DeLozier's world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight
, or in his car as he's driving down the highway, or in his office while he's talking on the phone, it's just another day in the park.
You'll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit.
An hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over thirty years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America -- and the bears from tourists who get too close.
Written with 4-time national bestselling author Carolyn Jourdan who specializes in the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia. Her other books are Bear Bloopers
, Heart in the Right PlaceMedicine Men, Out on a Limb, and more.
Kim Delozier, wildlife ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 32 years and Park Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, has seen just about everything -- when it comes to bear antics! "Bear in the Back Seat" is packed with amazing stories that the whole family will enjoy. And, you'll learn a ton of great pointers about how to safely view animals in the wild.
Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo
Host, TV's "Into the Wild"
Kim is a modern day Daniel Boone whose experiences with wild bears, wild hogs, people, and other critters, demonstrate that untamed frontiers still exist in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Kim spent over 30 years as a wildlife ranger with a wild spirit and a deep love of nature. His book presents southern style armchair adventure that is fascinating to read about but was often a challenge to be part of.
Stephen Herrero, Ph.D., author of "Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance"