Ron Peters's Reviews > Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions: Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs

Raincoast Chronicles 24 by Judith Williams
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really liked it
bookshelves: local-interest, nature, history

Recommended by my friend Rob, this is an excellent record of life in true wilderness, based on diaries, interviews, and rare photographs. August Schnarr paddled by boat up the West Coast of BC from the US around 1910 and lived a life there - hunting, guiding, and exploring until the 1970s - that’s amazing to a city-slicker like me.

“Charlie fell over a sleeping bear on the way back to camp…. Woke up one night and found mice busy chewing my hair…. Took sashay up left side glacier and got a big, four-point buck. 300 lbs. or more. Hot dog! Some pack.”

He had three daughters, who grew up like wild boys in the woods and who kept, for some years, a pair of cougars as household pets. This is (and the photos are) sweet, though no one would do this today, and Schnarr had killed the mother for a bounty, as he had killed scores, if not hundreds of cougars over his life. As with any other sort of wildlife he could catch, kill, eat, skin, etc.

You might be forgiven for having mixed thoughts and feelings about how these poor, tough, pertinacious people treated animals, the environment, and one another in the process of surviving, but they were impressive people who led fascinating lives that are worth thinking about.

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Reading Progress

October 26, 2021 – Started Reading
October 26, 2021 – Shelved
October 26, 2021 – Shelved as: local-interest
October 26, 2021 – Shelved as: nature
October 26, 2021 – Shelved as: history
October 27, 2021 –
page 56
October 28, 2021 –
page 184
October 28, 2021 – Finished Reading

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