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Doug Peacock

from Vietnam to Montana grizzlies

Doug Peacock is a Montana-based American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author who has spent decades of his life alone in the wilderness, observing Grizzly Bears in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks following several tours as a Green Beret medic in the Vietnam War. photo credit: Doug Tompkins

Doug Peacock ( is an American 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 he spent alone in the wilderness of the western U.S. observing  grizzly bears. He co-founded Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and  Round River Conservation Studies. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Round River,  which works with indigenous people and governments in Namibia, Botswana, North, South and Central  America to develop conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. Round River  has emerged as one of the most successful medium-sized conservation groups anywhere, having  contributed to the preservation of more than 20 million acres of wilderness. Doug lives in Emigrant,  Montana, and spends considerable time in the Sonoran Desert, southeast Utah and with the grizzlies of  Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

Save the Yellowstone Grizzly
The Mushroom Chronicles (Outside Magazine, 1992)
The Importance of Peacock by Jack Turner from his book The Abstract Wild.

Doug’s book recommendations:
Harrow (williams)
Bewilderment (Powers)
anything written by Terry Tempest Williams

photo credit: Doug Tompkins

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