|Doug and Andrea Peacock. Photo by Fenia Hiassen|
The Peacocks were interviewed on Democracy Now!. Click here to see the interview.
The Peacocks are co-authors of The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears, which was released in 2006 and re-released in 2009 as In the Presence of Grizzlies: The Ancient Bond Between Men and Bears.
Doug Peacock is a naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, much of which was spent alone in the wilderness of the American West observing grizzly bears.
Doug has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of
Andrea is a journalist who has covered
After serving as a Green Beret combat medic during the Vietnam War, Doug Peacock felt so disillusioned with human society that he sought solace in the beauty of the wilderness. Although he had little background in science, his field experience with bears soon brought him recognition as an expert in grizzly behavior. He was a friend of author Edward Abbey, and served as the model for the character George Hayduke in Abbey’s famous novel The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Doug’s 2005 book, Walking it Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War And Wilderness, continues his memoirs, in the wake of Ed Abbey’s death. He ventured into the Southwest deserts to walk off the scars left by his friend's death. In the process, he revisited
He regularly speaks in schools about wilderness, conservation, and the need to preserve our wilderness. He is the chairman of the board for Round River Conservation Studies.
The presentation is part of the Visiting Speaker Series, hosted by the Communication, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department.
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