Bear in the Back Seat : Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • by Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by Carey Jones
  • Series: Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number-one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 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 Wall Street Journal best-selling author Carolyn Jourdan, who has several highly-regarded number-one Amazon best-sellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia.


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Customer Reviews

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Very Entertaining

Sometimes you think people surely have better sense than to try to "feed the bears" within reach but I have personally seen mothers dragging their children, running after a sow and cubs to try to feed them potato chips from a bag they got out of their car.

I really liked this book because the Smokies was a popular place for my family to vacation when we were growing up and most of the places mentioned in the book I was familiar with. We never camped out because my Mom was not comfortable sharing space with the larger a more powerful animals at night and since she was travel director in the family, Daddy went along with this decision.

Interesting book if you want to know what the pre-Dollywood days were like in the Smokies.I have a lot of respect for those who deal with the animals and tourists in our National Parks. We need to value both the officers and the animals more.
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- Patricia

Interesting but dry, tedious narration

This is a glimpse into The little-known the world of the wildlife management Ranger in the Smoky Mountains national Park. The anecdotes are many and very interesting and provide a glimpse into this world of nature that not many are privy to. I learned a lot from the book but unfortunately the narrative and the presentation was very very dry. The stories which could've been presented in a very exciting way became almost mundane and even bordering on boring, I am sad to say.
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- Cyndi Bird

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2014
  • Publisher: Zo'o Media