I picked this up in Canada, seeing as he is a Canadian author and found I liked it than I expected You can tell the author is a bit of a grumpy guy and doesn t like bureaucrats much, but his writing is nice and he made the story riveting I often don t like nonfiction that attempts to reproduce what real people were thinking that is no longer nonfiction in my eyes But his attempts to recreate what the bear might have been thing were actually quite interesting. This was a gift from a friend who spent a couple of months in Banff Books about the outdoors, much like the outdoors themselves, are not a high reading priority for me As an outsider to this genre, however, I enjoyed reading The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek.The first couple of chapters were somewhat dull but then Marty began relating the events during the hunt for the eponymous bear, and suddenly the atmosphere of the book became darker and laden with suspense I was hooked In many ways, Marty was in a perfect position to recount the hunt On one hand, as an experienced warden, he was familiar with both the jargon and the task at hand, so he can do the subject justice On the other hand, as he had left the service at the time of the hunt even though he did eventually volunteer during the hunt , Marty had sufficient distance to relate events objectively.Marty does a good job of capturing the story from several aspects, especially when it comes to respecting the majesty of the grizzly bear I did not much care for the fictional portions in which he puts us in the mind of the black grizzly, whom he names Sticky Mouth But that s just a matter of personal taste your mileage may vary However, Marty is careful to remind us that this was not a hunt for a bloodthirsty man killer out to eliminate humans it was a proud animal defending itself and its territory and trying to prepare for the coming winter Blame is never too far off stage in The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, but Marty s ultimate conclusion is that the blame can t be portioned out to one person or even a select group Rather, he offers an account of how the failures of numerous parties, including Parks Canada and the CP hotels restaurants around Banff, contributed to the bear problem in the 1980s Well written and gripping are words I d apply to The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek Those with experience with the outdoors, Banff, and bears will probably take away from this book than a neophyte like myself But if a friend hands this book to you as a well intentioned gift, don t leave it sitting on your shelf gathering dust Read it and wonder if outside your door, a bear lurks. In Describing The True Events Surrounding A Series Of Frightening Bear Attacks In , A Bestselling Nature Adventure Author Explores Our Relationship With The Great GrizzlyMany Citizens Of Banff, Alberta, Valued Living In A Place Where Wildlife Grazed On The Front Lawn Others Saw Wild Bears As A Mere Roadside Attraction None Were Expecting The Bear Attacks That Summer, Which Led To One Man S Death During The Massive Hunt That Followed, Banff Was Portrayed In The International Media As A Town Under Siege By A Killer Bear, And The Tourists Stayed Away The Pressure Was On To Find And Destroy The Whiskey Creek Mauler, But He Evaded Park Wardens And Struck Again And Again When The Fight Was Over, The Hard Lessons Learned Led To Changes That Would Save The Lives Of Both Bears And People In The Coming YearsSid Marty S The Black Grizzly Of Whiskey Creek Is An Evocative And Gripping Story That Speaks To Our Complex And Increasingly Combative Relationship With The Wilderness And Its Inhabitants Fascinating and heartbreaking this is a well written book and draws you in to the minds and experiences of all parties How different it could have been with the knowledge we have now. November 7, 2009 Markham OntarioThe surrounding area is by no means picturesque Industrial, actually The city is at that barren point just after fall winds have stripped the trees naked, but just prior to providing the cleansing white blanket for everything Instead, there is a pervasive sense of brown, grey light, and the occasional rustle of decaying leaves that were once vibrant yellow I sit on a clean while bed in a room with windows with yellow sheers The grey light filters into the hotel window with a warmer light than the actual drained colour beyond the yellow screen The quiet, except for the occasional blast of wind, and a tray of room service whites sliver sterling, I ll grant you , and blue napkins on white doilies feels like luxury.The coffee is good, the light is soft, the book engaging I need this kind of space including the blue and sterling in the future. Last year, my husband almost bumped into a black bear, so we both picked bear books to read when we went back to the area this summer The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek was my choice I have compared this book to John Valliant s book The Tiger I preferred The Tiger because of personal bias I really enjoyed how Valliant incorporates Russian history into his exposition and delivers suspense to the max.On the other hand, some readers hated Valliant s diversion from the main story The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek sticks to the facts as much as it is able The book outlines the hunt for an elusive bear who mauled tourists in Banff The author spends a good portion of the book telling the story from the bear s point of view Based on his expertise, I m willing to trust what Sid Marty has to say about how and why this bear began to attack humans Still, at the end of the book, no one has any clear answers Perhaps this ambiguity is an important lesson to take away when dealing with wildlife.I found that The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek was not as suspenseful as The Tiger, due to its straightforward narrative structure As well, some of the book felt dated The events and procedures happened in 1980, and are an indication of how far or little we have come.I did learn that bears suffer from both hunting and anti hunting lobbies, as well as human hubris when we encroach on the bear s habitat by putting in parksfor people These parks include restaurants, hotels, and hiking and biking trails We expect the wilderness to be tame for us.After reading The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek I have much respect for the power of a bear and would not take a subsequent encounter so lightly.One last, but important thing to add Sid Marty also writes poetry, and it splendidly shows in this book. I thought this book was absolutely brilliant It s a retelling of the Whiskey creek bear maulings that happened in Banff in the 1980s Marty recreates the events and sets up the scenes, using creative non fiction techniques and interviews with park residents, friends, and personal anecdotes I learned a lot from this book, and have a better understanding of why these attacks happened.I remember my mom being scared of Banff bears in 1980, and now I understand why Even though I was only 4 at the time, I remembered that fear The garbage control in the Park was appalling, and has since changed, thank goodness.This book reads like a crime story and would be of interest to anyone with an interest in natural history, conservation issues, Western Canadian history or the natural world. I enjoyed this book whuch is a detailed account of an actual event that took place near Banff Alberta.The book was very detailed as to the difference between Black bears and grizzlies and had a lot of information regarding bear behaviour.I also really liked how Mr Marty explained how and why Parks Canada had to change the way they dealt with events The incidents in the book take place in 1980 and the author described the politics that were in place at the time regarding rogue bears,Very interesting book told with humour and precision Some people I know disn t like the inside the head of the bear sequences, but I thought it added to the book by giving a different perspective on what was going on Marty knows his bears and his insider status on the events lends a credibility that could have been achieved by any other writer. This was definitely an interesting book However, it was mainly interesting to me as I am currently on exchange in Calgary and therefore am learning about the ecological management of Banff National Park The addition of the bears perspectives in this book definitely threw me off in the beginning as it seemed very anthropomorphic to me This seemed to defeat Marty s purpose for including the perspective of these bears in the first place However, I came to appreciate the compassion these perspectives added to the novel They worked to keep the reader from villainizing the bears as monsters Overall, I quite enjoyed this book but felt it could have been a bit shorter and still have achieved the same message I do, however, feel this would appeal mainly to a local audience as it does get quite specific into the history of Banff National Park and the warden service.