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  • Six-time Wall Street Journal Top-10 best-selling author, Audible Top-10 best-selling audiobook, and Amazon All Star!

This is the second volume in a best-selling series of true stories from "[a]n extraordinary landscape populated with befuddled bears, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and nine million tourists, some of whom are clueless." In Kim DeLozier's world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as he's driving down the highway, or in his office while he's talking on the phone, it's just another day in the park.

You'll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of dealing with enraged wild boars, elk, and more. A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number-one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America - and the bears from tourists who get too close.

©2014 Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan (P)2017 Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan

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Hilarious Reality of a Park Ranger

Amazing, funny and touching. Read both volumes. I can’t wait for more. I’ve always enjoyed the Smokies and now to hear someone who spent their life there has been a blessing.

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Not just a continuation of book 1

I really enjoyed book 1, but I figured book 2 would be just more of the same, and I didn’t think it would be as good as the first. I was very pleasantly surprised. The descriptions of the challenges and successes of the elk and red wolf reintroduction programs were fascinating, particularly since one of our local science museums has participated in the red wolf breeding program. This book far exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it.

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I could hardly put my earphones Down.

Kim is an entertaining author, and the reader made me feel like I was right there in the Smokies listening to a live wildlife ranger. Kim's stories come out of his own personal experiences.

I was moved by his compassion for the animals, from the bears to the bats to the hogs to the elk. He risked his life for the preservation of the animals and for the park. He also provides guidelines for encountering a bear, and gives strict warnings about not feeding any wild animal.

I highly recommend this book, for outdoor adventurers as well as for city slickers.

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Oops, You're Waking Up

What does a Ranger Biologist do all day? Kim tells you the humorous truth of his successes and fabulous failures in the Great Smokey Mountains.

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A great story that will entertain and educate

This book is about another under appreciated essential occupation we need in our Nation's National Parks. These professionals keep the wildlife and the "dumb" visitors safe at their peril. The book was entertaining but also and education in how people treat the natural wonders of our Nation. Very enjoyable. Read book 1 too.

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Great Story

The story was very captivating and the person reading it was perfect. I felt like I was there watching the story unfold. I loved it and learned a lit along the way.

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Disturbing

A good book about the very dedicated men and women of the Forest service.
I will say that if you have to sacrifice a healthy animal at the very least the meat should be donated to those in need. What a waste to bury an elk when it could have fed many. People are extremely self-centered when they feed wild animals, more often than not leading to a tragic outcome for the very creatures they are so fascinated by.

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Every Chapter Pulled Me In

The stories told in this book hit all of my emotions. From fun, heartwarming to curious and sad. They bring to life the challenges of working in a wild place and balancing the needs of people and fauna. If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have. Don’t miss part 1!

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More Exciting Bear & Wildlife Adventures


This is the second of a two book series about the authors' experiences dealing with bears, elk, wolves, hogs and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There ate fun and frightening encounters and some memorable animals. This book will definitely make you smile. I enjoy reading about the rangers and wildlife managers and their accounts of the highs and lows of their careers. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the audio book narrated by Carey Jones. His authentic dialect beautifully compliments the material. A fun and thought provoking read.

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Another fascinating listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st volume in this series and the 2nd volume was just as enjoyable. Just saw that Kim has written “Bear Bloopers“ as the 3rd in the series.

The narrator, Cary Jones, provides an outstanding performance!!

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Bear in the back seat

I will be listening to this again, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, some sections were very funny, others sad and others informative.
I don’t live in America so at my age I’m sad to know I’ll never see the Smokeys, the wild animals.
I grew up in highlands of Kenya, it was always tourists from over seas that caused problems with wild animals. The so called Great White hunter did so much damage to the animals. To this day I hate guns and hunters or poachers.
I’d really love to visit the Smokey National Park, sadly as I’ve said this is not possible, I can only get a glimpse of wildlife through your books. Thank you so much