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The Story Of The World's Most Famous Grizzly Bear

cover image credit : Tom Mangelson
Rizzoli Publications

Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins of Greater Yellowstone for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

Told through more than 150 breathtaking images and the compelling research and writing of Todd Wilkinson, this is a dramatic tale of life and death, near annihilation and survival, and the relationship between people and grizzly bears. Mangelsen and Wilkinson found that what happens here, now, has profound implications for the persistence of other species on every continent.

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Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson has been a professional journalist and author for 30 years with assignments that have taken him around the world. While he has written widely about a variety of subjects (fine art, business, politics, and his vast home region, the American West), he is best known for his knowledge and coverage of environmental issues. His stories have appeared in publications ranging from National Geographic and The Christian Science Monitor to High Country News, the Utne Reader, Orion, all of the top nature magazines and many others.

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Thomas D. Mangelsen

Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth's last great wild places. A Nebraska native, Mangelsen's love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite blinds along the Platte River in Nebraska to observe the great flocks of ducks, geese and cranes that migrate through the valley. From these adventures, Mangelsen learned important lessons for photographing in the field, most notably patience and understanding animal behavior.

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at and
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