Wyoming Authors Look At Accuracy Of Classic Children's Book On Grizzlies

Apr 8, 2016

Credit Ernest Thompson Seton


Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they were moving forward with de-listing Yellowstone area grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List. The news raised the hackles of many wildlife advocates. 

It’s not the first time grizzlies have made headlines though, and not even the second time. Just read the classic children’s book Wahb: The Biography of a Grizzly, written way back in 1900 by Ernest Thompson Seton. President Roosevelt once called Seton a “nature faker” for attributing human feelings to wild animals.

Two Wyoming authors edited a new version of the book, Jeremy Johnston and Charles Preston, both curators at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards talked to Preston about how the novel got grizzlies right as well as how it sometimes missed its mark. 

We start with a reading from chapter two, picking up just after the grizzly cub Wahb’s mother and two brothers were shot by a rancher.


Listen to the full chapter