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Bear Wrangler

Memoirs of an Alaska Pioneer Biologist

by Will Troyer

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Alaska was not yet a state when Will Troyer began his 30-year wildlife career in 1951 with the Department of the Interior. In 1955, he became manager of the brown bear refuge on Kodiak Island. It was here that he and his assistants pioneered the first primitive techniques for capturing brown bears to gather biological information. This involved trapping bears in foot snares, lassoing them, and forcing a bucket of ether over their heads to subdue them. Years later, after more modern equipment became available, he anesthetized the big bears in Katmai National Park by sneaking through the woods with a Cap-Chur Gun and shooting them at close range with a drug-filled dart.

Troyer worked in many remote areas of Alaska: from the Arctic Coast to the southeast rain forest and the stormy Aleutian Islands. He vividly describes his emotions and feelings while standing in the midst of 40,000 caribou or sitting on a remote sea island as masses of sea birds, glide, swoop, and circle around him emitting a din of raucous calls. His descriptive walk through a delta marsh filled with thousands of nesting and calling shorebirds, ducks, and geese reveals his love and wonder of nature.

Traveling through much of Alaska was often hazardous due to violent winds, stormy seas, fog, and sudden blizzards. He survived two airplane crashes and a near drowning with colleagues when their rafts were swept over a roaring waterfall.

Will Troyer spent his thirty-year career in various parts of Alaska as a biologist with the Department of the Interior. He began his pioneering study of bears in 1950s as manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, where he developed live-trapping techniques that generated crucial insights into bear behavior and biology. Troyer has published extensively in Alaska Magazine, Natural History, Nature Photographer, Outdoor Life, and other magazines and scientific journals. In 1987 he received the prestigious Olaus Murie Award for his conservation efforts. He holds a master's degree in wildlife technology.

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  • Paperback Price: $21.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60223-044-6
  • Ebook Price: $15.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60223-121-4
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Will Troyer
  • ECommerce Code: 9781602230446

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