In Wild Trust

Larry Aumiller's Thirty Years Among the McNeil River Brown Bears

Jeff Fair

In Wild Trust

Jeff Fair

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

With Photographs by Larry Aumiller
200 pages | 125 color plates, 3 maps | 7 x 10
Cloth $32.95 ISBN: 9781602233232 Published April 2017
E-book $7.00 to $32.95 ISBN: 9781602233249 Published March 2017

For thirty years, Larry Aumiller lived in close company with the world’s largest grouping of brown bears, returning by seaplane every spring to the wilderness side of Cook Inlet, two hundred and fifty miles southwest of Anchorage to work as a manager, teacher, guide, and more. Eventually—without the benefit of formal training in wildlife management or ecology—he become one of the world’s leading experts on brown bears, the product of an unprecedented experiment in peaceful coexistence.
 
This book celebrates Aumiller’s achievement, telling the story of his decades with the bears alongside his own remarkable photographs. As both professional wildlife managers and ordinary citizens alike continue to struggle to bridge the gap between humans and the wild creatures we’ve driven out, In Wild Trust is an inspiring account of what we can achieve.

Review Quotes
Juneau Empire
In Wild Trust is both simple and profound. Combined with Larry Aumiller’s amazing photos of brown bears, life and landscapes of McNeil River, this book is for wildlife lovers and anyone interested in or afraid of bears.”
Alaska Dispatch News
“In its colorful 188 pages, Fair documents Aumiller's three decades of working at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. Without the benefit of formal training in wildlife management or ecology, Aumiller became a leading expert on brown bears, largely by spending an immense amount of time with them.”
Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
“Features hundreds of photographs by Larry Aumiller, the first McNeil manager, who spent thirty summers at McNeil. The book is also the story of Aumiller, and how his insights into bear behavior—and human behavior—created the guidelines for bear viewing at McNeil.”
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