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Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado? by David Petersen

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By 1952 it was thought the grizzly had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so, through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains. Then, one September evening in 1979, a flesh-and-blood grizzly sow was surprised on its daybed in the South San Juans by a bowhunter ... and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? As author and veteran outdoorsman Petersen takes us along on his quest for evidence of ‘“the next ‘last’ Colorado grizzly.”

David has written a dozen nonfiction books, all having to do with humanity’s proper relation to nature. Petersen also has collected and edited the journals, correspondence and poetry of Edward Abbey, and the environmental essays of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer A.B. Guthrie, Jr.