Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear

Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear

The story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West.   The grizzly is one of North America’s last large predators. Their range is diminished, but they’re spreading into the West again, where once they were king. The challenge: humans rule the roost now, and most are wary, at best, as g...

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Title:Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear
Author:Bryce Andrews
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Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear Reviews

  • Erin McCarthy Greene

    I happened upon this book as a new acquisition at my public library. I have an interest in wildlife conservation, especially the management of large predators in close proximity to populated areas. I was intrigued by the concept of a book about the life and death of a grizzly, a sort of wildlife conservation who-dunnit. I picked up the book on a Saturday and finished it on Sunday.....feeling cheated when I had to leave the book to do other things. Bryce Andrews weaves the story of

    I happened upon this book as a new acquisition at my public library. I have an interest in wildlife conservation, especially the management of large predators in close proximity to populated areas. I was intrigued by the concept of a book about the life and death of a grizzly, a sort of wildlife conservation who-dunnit. I picked up the book on a Saturday and finished it on Sunday.....feeling cheated when I had to leave the book to do other things. Bryce Andrews weaves the story of Millie and her coming into conflict with civilization - and the aftermath - with such precision, such craft, that I felt like I was reading a novel. Every "character," human and animal, is real, accessible, understandable. He lived the story and did his research to fill in any gaps. He is a very gifted storyteller. He shows a deep respect for the need to keep what is wild, forever wild.....and for us humans to be aware of and prepared for potentially deadly encounters with predators. The whole story emphasizes the importance of preventing human/grizzly encounters and the responsibility humans have to ensure prevention. I will likely never live where I will encounter a grizzly, but Andrews makes all of his readers (Westerners and us East Coasters) feel deeply about the outcome for Millie and her cubs. If you care about wildlife conservation, read this book....and tell your friends to read it. I chose completely at random to read it, and I am so very glad I did!!

  • Shaun Jones

    Eye opening look at the state of grizzlies in Montana & how man’s never ending conquering of the land inevitably leads to conflict. Conflict that usually ends poorly for the bears. It’s obviously a very complicated issue & the book does a great job explaining it. Written with great prose. The story of MILLY & her cubs isn’t a happy one, but there is some redemption in the end. Great read & highly recommend.

  • Kristi

    Great writing!

  • Amy Sprenger

    Heard an interview with this author on NPR and was intrigued. A fantastic read, could not put it down. His description of walking in a corn field knowing there were bears nearby was riveting and I held my breath the entire time.

  • Dave

    This is a heartfelt account of Millie, a grizzly sow with two cubs in tow, who is enticed down the mountain by a farmers corn crop. I loved the feeling the author conveys when he knows he is in bear country as I could relate because I was in Montana and Canada when I read this one. Nothing quite like being miles from your car, passing several signs about bear country, and then hearing a noise in the woods. It makes you hyper aware of your surroundings.

    The tragedy that happens, and how unnecessa

    This is a heartfelt account of Millie, a grizzly sow with two cubs in tow, who is enticed down the mountain by a farmers corn crop. I loved the feeling the author conveys when he knows he is in bear country as I could relate because I was in Montana and Canada when I read this one. Nothing quite like being miles from your car, passing several signs about bear country, and then hearing a noise in the woods. It makes you hyper aware of your surroundings.

    The tragedy that happens, and how unnecessary the outcome was, when nature meets man, was heartbreaking. This is yet another story of the impact that an out of control growth, and gradual push out of all things wild, has steadily caused many unforseen consequences.

    I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in nature and the destruction we cause with our consumption. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through edelweiss.

  • Diane S ☔

    Mission Hills, Montana, a place that has long harbored and protected grizzlies. Millie's Woods, named after a grizzly who has roamed the woods theere, giving birth to several cubs. As more and more people move into the area, farmers, survivalists, people who just want to be alone, and of course those with no good intention, the grizzlies territory is shrinking. Now they are running into man and what man thinks is his. When the grizzlies discover corn fields, they decide to stay within the protec

    Mission Hills, Montana, a place that has long harbored and protected grizzlies. Millie's Woods, named after a grizzly who has roamed the woods theere, giving birth to several cubs. As more and more people move into the area, farmers, survivalists, people who just want to be alone, and of course those with no good intention, the grizzlies territory is shrinking. Now they are running into man and what man thinks is his. When the grizzlies discover corn fields, they decide to stay within the protected stalks, eating away, causing huge monetary losses for the farmer. This is a story of Millie, her fate and the fate of her two youngest cubs. A story of those who want to protect these animals, and how they try to do so.

    When an author is do passionate about his subject it is impossible not to be drawn into the story and into his heart. As mankind goes about killing anything that gets in their way, men and women like those in this book, may well be the last defense. If you're an animal lover, an environmentalist, this story will be heartbreaking.

    The author says it best in these words,

    "Knowing how we have misused land and wildlife, I have precious little faith in humankind. I think it likely that we will go on wrecking the beautiful world. But, I put my hope in bears of Baptiste's sort ---hardy, seeking adaptable creatures. They will find away around or through our constructions to places that once belonged to them. Given the merest chance, they will live."

    One can only hope.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Susan Kendrick

    Great nonfiction examining the interaction between man and large predator in Montana. The author does a good job of presenting the problems and potential solutions without showing bias or passing undue judgment on any of the players involved. His writing style was a little on the poetic side, but not overly floral. I’d recommend this book.

  • Lynn

    Told with compassion and understanding of both nature and man, this book provides a viable perspective on the tragedies that can occur when the two intersect.

  • Vishal Katariya

    Learnt a lot about bears. Note to whoever is reading this: please don't plant corn next to hills and forests where grizzly bears are known to live. You might think it'll kill you, but it actually kills the bears.

  • CS

    I genuinely do not understand the positive reviews of this book. It is 98% diatribe about building an electric fence. Coming off the high of reading the phenomenal American Wolf book, I thought I would foray into a grizzly book and Amazon suggested this one. The great bulk of this book is devoted to the testing an electrical fence around a corn field to prevent crop loss by consuming grizzlies. To call this the “life and death” of a grizzly is entirely misleading. You learn nothing of the sow Mi

    I genuinely do not understand the positive reviews of this book. It is 98% diatribe about building an electric fence. Coming off the high of reading the phenomenal American Wolf book, I thought I would foray into a grizzly book and Amazon suggested this one. The great bulk of this book is devoted to the testing an electrical fence around a corn field to prevent crop loss by consuming grizzlies. To call this the “life and death” of a grizzly is entirely misleading. You learn nothing of the sow Millie’s actual life and what occurs to her (and given the brevity the book spends on her) could be summed up in two sentences.

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