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Toklat: The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly Bear
Toklat The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly Bear Author:Elma and Alfred Milotte Originally Published "The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly Bear". New York, Alfred Knopf, 1969. This is the 1987 edition, ISBN: 0882043257. — Describes a year in the life of a grizzly bear and her three cubs in Denali National Park and Preserve and the plant life and other animal species of the biotic community. — From the back cover: "Toklat needed no... more » calendar to tell her it was spring, time to wake up and search for food, time to bring her three tiny cubs from the den and teach them to make their way in their world. That world was Denali National Park and Preserve, where wildlife is protected from Man but Nature is in turn benevolent and cruel.
Other species share that world, here the reader meets them - lofty Dall sheep, lordly moose, wandering caribou, wolves and foxes, beavers and marmots, eagles, ptarmigan, terns and more - living their predator-and-prey roles as Nature intended. It's a drama replayed each year, though few of humankind have stayed to see a year through.
The authors spent a year (1940) in a log cabin in the Toklat River Valley, observing their wilderness neighbors. In this book they tell, simply and beautifully, how those neighbors lived. The Milottes didn't know, then, that they would spend more than thirty years observing wildlife on three continents and filming for Walt Disney's True Life Adventure series - films which helped immensely toward making man aware of wilderness values and his responsibility toward Earth's other creatures."
Illustrated by Laura Dasso, who has spent countless hours watching wildlife, in Denali Park and elsewhere, to bring authenticity to her work.« less