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

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  866 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Wall Street Journal Best Seller! 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
Kindle Edition, 1, 165 pages
Published August 30th 2013 by Zo'o Media (first published August 1st 2013)
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The stories get a 5/5 from me. They were alternately hilarious, tragic, and aggravating. The actual story-telling gets a 3/5 from me. I cannot bring myself to give this a 4/5, it was too repetitive for that, I mean, exact same sentences paragraphs later. I love this book, I want more books like this, but I want them to get the attention from the editors that they deserve. Bears are amazing, and park rangesr are amazing, so thank you Kim for your service and your stories!

Its a pretty quick read t
Nov 04, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This one's a keeper. Many of the anecdotes are lighthearted-a few turns of phrase brought to mind Patrick McManus. There are some sad, cautionary stories too, in which DeLozier emphasized the importance of safety and responsibility. It's clear he loves animals, particularly the bears of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Recommended to animal lovers and fans of the outdoors.
Jan 03, 2017 Margecaldera rated it liked it
Liz Conn gave me this book because I live in the woods with bears and other wildlife! Fascinating book--good read for hikers and campers. I guess she was looking out for me so I do the right thing should I come upon a bear in the neighborhood!
Kelly ...
Jun 29, 2016 Kelly ... rated it liked it
I live in the mountains in Colorado and bears are a common sight in our little town. Those of us who live with wildlife know how unpredictable they can be and live our lives accordingly. I am always shocked by stories of people who approach the wildlife in our National Parks. It is astonishing that people do not understand the dangers.

Having said that, I expected this book to be funny rather than shocking, based on the publisher's comments. It is funny. The stories made me smile. But it isn't as
Nov 27, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Anyone who lives in this area or just visits the area should take the time to read this fantastic book, I truly enjoyed every page.

Not only do we have to worry about ignorant visitors that feed the bears, now we have the same visitors doing the same thing to the elk.

"A fed bear is a dead bear"
May 23, 2014 Grampy rated it it was amazing
“Bear in the Back Seat” by Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan is a wonderfully entertaining collection of various experiences Kim enjoyed during his 30+ year career as a Wildlife Ranger for the National Park Service at Smoky Mountain National Park. Tasked with managing both wildlife and tourists for the mutual safety of all parties, many of Kim’s stories concern bear/tourist interaction, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic.

I myself am a retired Wildlife Biologist, so these tales rea
Apr 22, 2015 Xanthi rated it liked it
I listened to this on audiobook.
I enjoyed reading this book - mostly. There were stories of hunting animals, feral or otherwise, that didn't sit well with me, and the author states that he is a hunter, himself. His care and respect for bears, however, is obvious, however. As the title of the book suggests, a big portion of this book is about bears, however, there are stories about other animals such as skunks, peregrine falcons, etc.
Some of the stories are funny, some sad, some provoke anger (e
Laugh out Loud....I love books about wild animals, their habitats, and the people who work with them. And, when an author can tell the stories with humor, it's even better. I had to quit listening at night after going to bed. I would laugh so much it would wake me just as I was about to start relaxing. It's also a very hard book to put down. Great for a car ride when you're getting bored. It'll bring you back to life.
Steve Doyal
Jan 01, 2014 Steve Doyal rated it really liked it
Growing up in East Tennessee, I have always loved my visits to the Smoky Mountains National Park. I sometimes wondered what it would be like to be a Park Ranger. I was able to get a glimpse into that life and enjoy Kim's stories about his adventures and misadventures. Now I am content that the profession is better left to guys like him! This is a good book that also has good advice for anyone going to spend any time in the park and around some of its natural inhabitants.
Aug 19, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Bear in the Back seat is a true, hilarious, breath catching, absolutely engrossing account of the adventures and mishaps of a ranger in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. His adventures range from bear cubs in trash compactors to being stampeded by pigs and everything in between. This book is an absolute page-turner and will keep you laughing, gasping, and laughing some more from cover to cover.
Michele Peacher
Jan 11, 2014 Michele Peacher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who enjoys wildlife and/or the Smoky Mountains is sure to enjoy this book. It is an easy book to read when you are expecting some interruptions because it is divided into many different chapters with each chapter being an entirely new adventure with some wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I downloaded this book to my kindle from
Nov 20, 2016 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
nonfiction; park ranger anecdotes. Potentially very interesting, but I've read better--got bored with this 40-some pages in.
Dec 05, 2016 Michelle rated it did not like it
So repetitive.

I love the Smokies. I've hiked there often and for decades. This book can be summed up this way:garbage kills bears. The end.
Carl Bock
Dec 05, 2016 Carl Bock rated it it was amazing
See black bears through the eyes of one that knows.
Jan 02, 2017 Mille rated it liked it
I had no idea what this book was about when I started reading it. It was pretty entertaining and I enjoyed the stories.
Sep 26, 2016 Amara rated it liked it
If you want crazy wildlife stories, I highly recommend "Whatever you do don't run" or "The Elephant whisperer". This was fun, and had some interesting stories, but just didn't measure up to those other two books.
Jul 12, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Kim DeLozier was a wildlife ranger in the Great Smokey Mountains for many years. In this book he tells us how he often learned the hard way that wild animals are not easy to deal with. While he dealt with many animals the black bear seems to have been the animal that created the most havoc in his job.

While I did not find this book hilarious to the point of laughter I did see the funny side of many of his stories and quite often the sad side too. While I enjoy listening to audio books when I work
Apr 06, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
OK, first off... let me qualify my five star rating by disclosing that I have been a sucker for this kind of book ever since I purchased and loved True Bear Tales: True Stories from Michigan's Upper Peninsula after a backpacking trip at Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan. Both books share the same "regular guy wrote this" vibe that give you the feel of hearing these engaging, sometimes hilarious, and often very touching stories about the daily work of managing wild animals in America's p ...more
Dec 16, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Funny, first hand accounts of wildlife management often told with a sad or twist ending. This book is a quick read for anyone who has ever spent time in the Smoky Mountains.
Susan Visser
Nov 13, 2014 Susan Visser rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I enjoyed the stories and can imagine how much fun it would be to sit and hear the stories directly from the ranger! I'm sure that's how this book came to be. Ranger was telling everyone his great stories and likely most people say... you should write a book!

The stories are good, but rather lightweight. Nothing too scary or troublesome. The part I disliked most about the book was how preachy it got in parts: "don't feed the bears!". I'm sure with 9m visitors a year, he's run into too many idiots
Ray Campbell
Jul 03, 2016 Ray Campbell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
In 2007 I visited the Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is breathtakingly beautiful. On a bike ride through Cades Cove, we saw black bears. They were amazing. About 100 yards off the trail, in the dense woods, the bears were just rooting around like giant raccoons eating berries. I'll never forget them.

Recently there was a black bear sighting near my home in Connecticut. Apparently they are on the rise and there have been hundreds of sightings documen
Well, I will be sure to never even think about feeding a Black bear after being admonished repeatedly in chapter after chapter of this book. But then I never would have anyway, being a sensible person. Besides, there are no Black bears in Australia.

The ranger deals with the huge part of the population that apparently is not sensible, however, and their bad behaviour leads to Black bears being put down when they become accustomed to eating food scraps. So, in almost every chapter, he explains all
Lee Smith
Dec 13, 2016 Lee Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful little book of short stories by a true hero. This Wildlife Ranger does a great job of painting pictures of some of the more amazing parts of his career. I can't wait to read the next book :)
Sep 14, 2013 Cayr rated it it was amazing
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 521,085.66 acres, and is home to 1,600 black bears. That’s 100 times as many black bears than live at Yosemite. The Park also has more than 9 million visitors per year…so it’s no wonder that sometimes visitors and wildlife collide.

Park Ranger Kim DeLozier loves his job, and his decades in the Park have spawned a collection of sometimes amazing -- and always amusing stories. DeLozier wavers between being extremely adept at his job to being the Nation
Carl Nelson
Jan 12, 2014 Carl Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: outdoors-memoir
An engaging, interesting read starring the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the wildlife that lives there, frequently disrupted by foibles of humankind. Skunks, deer, chipmunks, falcons, and especially bear stride through the landscape, and the rangers of our most popular National Park do their best to do what's right for both visitors and animals. The results are entertaining, informative, and sometimes heartbreaking--especially when an animal must be put down because of the carelessness, negligen ...more
Ashley Nelson
Jan 12, 2014 Ashley Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-prime, memoir
Interesting memoir from a wildlife ranger working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The writing style is enjoyable and easy to read. His 40+ year career certainly provides many entertaining antidotes of life on the trails in the world's most heavily-visited National Park. The overriding message of the book is don't feed the bears! Over and over, he shows us through example of how human ignorance involving bears always results in a negative outcome for both humans and bears. Another int ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because Carolyn Jourdan is listed as the author. I had hoped for more of Ms Jourdan's humor and quirky characters. This was a very different type of book. It seems Kim DeLozier is the actual author. I'm not sure how Ms Jourdan and Mr DeLozier worked together, but the book was just okay. Kim DeLozier really wants to be sure that everyone knows how to act in bear country. He sort of hammers the point home relentlessly. There were some good stories, not as good as Carolyn Jourdan's ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern
Read both this one, & the sequel. Loved both immensely. They are funny and informative. Growing up twenty miles from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I was familiar with the "Garbage Kills Bears" signs but never really understood how, exactly. Kim & Carolyn have spun some hilarious stories of deer, elk, otters, skunks (my favorite), hikers, and of course, bears. I loved this book, which took me completely by surprise. It made me laugh & made me cry. I think my favorite was abo ...more
Joy Wilson
Jun 01, 2014 Joy Wilson rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful little book about the life of a ranger in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It relates the ups and downs of being a park ranger with some extraordinary interactions between people and animals. The book is written as a series of short stories in which Kim explains how animals are handled, or mishandled, and how people are the most ill behaved animals of all. I laughed out loud a few times and was saddened at others. I can see why it was on the NY Times best seller list f ...more
David Ward
Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Kim DeLozier & Carolyn Jourdan (Black Bear Book 2013)(976.889) is a series of often humorous anecdotes about the memorable wildlife encounters of a retiring park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kim DeLozier's tales are mostly about black bears with tales about a few other species sprinkled in. The authors go to great lengths to reinforce the National Park Service mantra tha ...more
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