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Down from the Mountain

Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/16/2019

Down from the Mountain

The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418671
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418688


The story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West.

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The grizzly is one of North America's few remaining large predators. Their range is diminished, but they're spreading across the West again. Descending into valleys where once they were king, bears find the landscape they'd known for eons utterly changed by the new most dominant animal: humans. As the grizzlies approach, the people of the region are wary, at best, of their return.

In searing detail, award-winning writer, Montana rancher, and conservationist Bryce Andrews tells us about one such grizzly. Millie is a typical mother: strong, cunning, fiercely protective of her cubs. But raising those cubs—a challenging task in the best of times—becomes ever harder as the mountains change, the climate warms and people crowd the valleys. There are obvious dangers, like poachers, and subtle ones as well, like the corn field that draws her out of the foothills and sets her on a path toward trouble and ruin.

That trouble is where Bryce's story intersects with Millie's. It is the heart of Down from the Mountain, a singular drama evoking a much larger one: an entangled, bloody collision between two species in the modern-day West, where the shrinking wilds force man and bear into ever closer proximity.


“This fascinating, well-researched, and lyrical memoir will appeal to conservationists, those curious about large predators, and readers who relish stories of the West.” —Library Journal

“[A] lyrical exploration of an attempt to accommodate two disparate goals—the dairy farmer's need for the corn to feed his cattle and the grizzly's need to eat and fatten up during the short Montana summer…Andrews' empathic writing turns Millie's story into the embodiment of modern compromise with apex predators.” —Booklist

“A thoughtful story of bears, humans, and their tragic interactions...A gem of environmental writing fitting alongside the work of Doug Peacock, Roger Caras, and other champions of wildlife and wild land.” —Kirkus Starred Review

Author Bio

Bryce Andrews's debut, Badluck Way, was the 2014 winner of the Barnes & Nobel Discover Great New Writers Award, the 2014 Reading the West Book Award for nonfiction, the 2014 High Plains Book Award for both nonfiction and debut book, and a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award.