Author and researcher Linda Masterson was a member of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Bear Aware team for more than a decade. Her latest book, Living with Bears Handbook, is an expanded and completely updated second edition of the guidebook that's been the bible of coexisting with bears for more than a decade, Living with Bears.
"Most people really are smarter than bears. They don't want to cause problems. But they don't understand how seemingly harmless things like feeding birds or leaving your trash on the curb overnight can trigger a chain of events that can quickly lead to big problems for people and death for bears."
"I see my job as an author as turning on the human light bulb. I sift through mountains of information, unearth what really matters, and then try to communicate with people in ways that make them think, nod their heads, groan, laugh and finally get up off the couch and do something."
Linda has been a featured presenter at several International Bear Management Association and Human-Bear Conflicts conferences and workshops. She's a partner in marketing and communications firm Masterson & Phillips and lives on Florida's southern Gulf Coast with husband and fellow outdoor enthusiast Cory Phillips.
Also by Linda:
Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners)
Principle Scientifc Advisor Rich Beausoleil
Rich Beausoleil has been conducting bear research since 1997 in Louisiana, Tennessee, New Mexico and Washington, where he's been the statewide bear and cougar specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2002. He's the Chair of the Management Committee for the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) and a frequent contributor to professional publications and journals. He's also authored several agency manuals on responding to human-carnivore conflicts, and his efforts contributed to the state of Washington passing an anti-feeding regulation.
Rich cofounded the Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) Program in Washington in 2003, and has more than a decade of experience as a handler, using KBD's to help resolve conflict between bears and people non-lethally. He's a frequent speaker at both professional conferences and community events, although he freely admits that understanding bears is often much easier than unraveling the mysteries of human behavior. He holds double degrees in wildlife biology, a BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
And Special Thanks To...
Anne Braaten, Bear Management Biologist, North Cascades Complex, NPS
Karen Noyce, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
District Wildlife Managers Kevin Wright, Jim Jackson, and Chris Parmeter; Jerry Apker, Large Carnivore Biologist; and Mary McCormac, Wildlife Coordinator - Colorado Parks & Wildlife
John Beecham and Patti Sowka, IUCN
Laurie Smith and Tina White, The Town of Snowmass Village
Mike Sibio, Manager Hemlock Farms
George Barce, Wildlife Biologist, Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead
Malinee Crapsey, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks
Chuck Bartlebaugh, Be Bear Aware Classroom on Wheels
Jeffrey Trust, Park Ranger, Yosemite National Park
Jay Bradshaw, owner Bad Bear Honey
Dave Tarpy, Entomologist, Carolina State University
Advisors, Scientific & Professional
These folks provided input, guidance and detailed reviews of chapters and/or sections of the book:
Steve Herrero, the world's leading authority on bear encounters and attacks. Researcher and author of countless professional papers and the popular book, Bear Attacks: Their Cause and Avoidance.
Sylvia Dolson, Executive Director, Get Bear Smart Society
Bill Stiver, Supervisory Biologist, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jaime Sajecki, Black Bear Project Leader, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Rachel Mazur, Wildlife Conflicts Expert, Yosemite National Park
Dave Telesco, Bear Management Program Coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Larry Van Daele, Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Carl Lackey, Game Biologist, Nevada Department of Wildlife
Hank Hristienko, Black Bear, Moose and Wolf Manager, Manitoba Conservation Wildlife Branch
Colleen Olfenbuttel, Wildlife Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission