Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 649 ratings

Bear in the Back Seat Publisher's Summary

This is the first volume in a 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 relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit. 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. Written with Wall Street Journal best-selling author Carolyn Jourdan, who has several highly-regarded number-one Amazon best-sellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia.

©2013 Kim DeLozier & Carolyn Jourdan (P)2014 Kim DeLozier & Carolyn Jourdan
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    • Bear in the Back Seat

    • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Volume 1
    • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
    • Narrated by: Carey Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 592
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 532

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Funny stories - But not as funny as I expected.

    • By Kelly on 06-29-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bear in the Back Seat, Book 2

    • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
    • Narrated by: Carey Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I could hardly put my earphones Down.

    • By Mary on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bear Bloopers

    • True Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Bear in the Back Seat, Volume 4
    • By: Carolyn Jourdan
    • Narrated by: Carey Jones
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A collection of hilarious, heartbreaking, and terrifying encounters with wild black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rangers, scientists, wildlife photographers, wilderness guides, tourists, and others do all the wrong things when meeting one of the world famous icons of the Smokies. Wake up from a nap and discover a bear sleeping next to you, see a bear driving a car through the park, or hear a ranger whisper a warning that there's a bear in the stall next to you in the ladies room. It's all so emBEARrassing.

    • True Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Bear in the Back Seat, Volume 4
    • By: Carolyn Jourdan
    • Narrated by: Carey Jones
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 08-17-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95