Bears: The Mighty Grizzlies of the West by Julie Argyle is a book that takes you to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The photos bring to life the Mighty Grizzlies in their habitat as they strive to survive in a world that is not always kind to them. With their habitat shrinking, more encounters between humans and bears are occurring with the bears sadly paying for these run-ins with their lives.
I really loved the way that Julie wrote such a marvelous discourse as she introduced us to several Grizzlies that she has photographed and learned to love through the years. She writes about Raspberry and Snow, The Beryl Sow, The Obsidian Sow, Snaggletooth, and 791 (a famous boar). I have grown to love many of these same Grizzlies especially Raspberry, Snow(her daughter), and Snow's new cubs. Also, I love the famous Grizzly 399 in Grand Teton National Park.
Julie has a way of capturing the heart and soul of the animals she photographs. Once you see her work, you'll also fall in love with these animals and hopefully will want to get involved in protecting and conserving The Grizzlies and their homes. This book is not a long read, but it is packed full of powerful photos that will be ingrained in your mind and heart. I have always loved bears and I'm known as the "Bear" teacher. As a lover of these tremendous animals, Bears: The Mighty Grizzlies of the West is at the top of my list for you to buy. I promise you'll never look at Grizzlies in the same way again and you'll gain a greater appreciation for this impressive species.
Owner/Photographer at Wild Love Images - Julie Argyle Wildlife Photography #shootwithacamera
In writing my books, I was hoping for people to gain compassion, understanding, and perhaps see a different view of what they once thought about grizzly bears.
I would want them to know that they are so much more than what they are portrayed to be.
Right now some would have you believe that grizzlies are vicious killers that need to be controlled, and the only way to control them is by killing them. That is so far from the truth.
In most cases, grizzlies do not attack just to attack, it is usually because they are defending their young or a food source.
More often than not, it is a surprise encounter and a lot of the time it is due to human error.
People need to understand that without all of the wide open spaces there once was conflicts between humankind and grizzlies are going to continue and only rise in numbers, therefore, it is very important to educate yourself and learn how to coexist.
You can’t live peacefully beside something if you continue to fear them, and do not understand them. Therefore, knowledge is the most important tool you have.
Coexistence is the key to the future, not only for grizzly bears, but for so many other species, including our own.