Animal stories that are unadorned truth, as a forest ranger tells of first hand experiences with black and grizzly bears, elk, moose, deer, antelope, buffalo, mountain sheep and mountain goats. Long experiences in the wild has given this man an understanding that makes this a contribution to our scientific knowledge. In addition, conservation standards, the proper attitude towards wild life, the reasons for not overstocking the ranges with domestic animals which destroy the food, the right and wrong kinds of hunting laws, wildlife ""etiquette"" in national parks -- all form an integral part of the text. Although the book is primarily about animals, much is revealed of human nature -- the tourists, the illegal hunters, the poachers, the rich sportsmen. Part of the ranger's job demands skill in pitting wits against other humans. It is refreshing to read of a man who battles with bare hands and wit and skill. There is no moralizing. The stories stand for themselves and make the best sort of escape reading. Plus sale for teen age boys and girls.