Date(s) - 05/11/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Salida SteamPlant

FREE Lecture by David Petersen
By 1952 it was thought the grizzly had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so, through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains in the southernmost part of the state. Then, one spooky September evening in 1979, a flesh-and-blood grizzly sow was surprised on its daybed in the South San Juans by a bowhunter … and the rest, as they say, is history.

Or is it? As author and veteran outdoorsman David Petersen takes us along on his quest for evidence of “the next ‘last’ Colorado grizzly,” we find ourselves enjoying a masterful mystery unfolding, character by adventure, page by riveting page. Although Ghost Grizzlies is set in Colorado, it stands as a timeless metaphor for every wild place and creature that finds itself under the gun of human encroachment still today. The third edition of this now-classic book includes a new cover, twelve new pages of b/w photos, and updates throughout.

  • “A sharp portrait of the conflict between people and wilderness.” — Publishers Weekly
  • [Ghost Grizzlies] “contains some of the best, and most lyrical, writing about the natural world to come down the pike in a long time—a gentle humanity and respect shines through one very page.” —John Nichols (Milagro Beanfield War).
  • David will share his stories and findings on this life-long pursuit. 

David Petersen has been a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, a college writing instructor and a magazine editor. Beginning in 1980, David and his life partner Caroline have lived in the rural San Juan Mountains near Durango, where they hand-built the cabin David still lives in today. A lifelong traditional bowhunter and internationally acclaimed hunting ethicist, David is the recipient of numerous conservation awards.

Additionally, he founded the Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, is the former Colorado public lands conservation field director for Trout Unlimited, and served on the Governor’s Roadless Areas Review Task Force.  Along the way, David has written a dozen nonfiction books, all having to do with humanity’s proper relation to nature.

He also has collected and edited the journals, correspondence, and poetry of Edward Abbey, and the environmental essays of Pulitzer Prize–winning writer A.B. Guthrie, Jr. Most recently, David and Carolyn were the subjects of the documentary film On the Wild Edge: Hunting for a Natural Life, by Belgian filmmaker Cristopher Daley.  For more information visit

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