In Wild Trust
Larry Aumiller's Thirty Years Among the McNeil River Brown Bears
For thirty years, Larry Aumiller lived in close company with the world’s largest grouping of brown bears, returning by seaplane every spring to the wilderness side of Cook Inlet, two hundred and fifty miles southwest of Anchorage; to work as a manager, teacher, guide, and more. Eventually—without the benefit of formal training in wildlife management or ecology—he became one of the world’s leading experts on brown bears, the product of an unprecedented experiment in peaceful coexistence.
This book celebrates Aumiller’s achievement, telling the story of his decades with the bears alongside his own remarkable photographs. As both professional wildlife managers and ordinary citizens alike continue to struggle to bridge the gap between humans and the wild creatures we’ve driven out, In Wild Trust is an inspiring account of what we can achieve.
Jeff Fair is a freelance writer and independent field wildlife biologist. He is the author of four books, including The Great American Bear.
"Features hundreds of photographs by Larry Aumiller, the first McNeil manager, who
spent thirty summers at McNeil. The book is also the story of Aumiller, and how his
insights into bear behavior – and human behavior – created the guidelines for bear
viewing at McNeil."
—Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
"Combined with Larry Aumiller’s amazing photos of brown bears, life and landscapes
of McNeil River, this book is for wildlife lovers and anyone interested in or afraid
—The Juneau Empire
"This is the story of a man’s passion and the legacy he left combined with anecdotes
on bear behavior and stunning photography. This book will interest readers of general
natural history and those who are fascinated with bears. RECOMMENDED"