Local author and photographer to discuss the struggles of Grizzly 399

(Jackson, Wyo.) - On July 11, Renowned Jackson wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen and nature writer Todd Wilkinson share images and stories about the life and death struggles of the famous Jackson Hole grizzly 399 and her offspring. They co-authored the critically-acclaimed book, “Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek” (2015), and a book signing will follow their talk. “We’re expecting a crowd for this talk about the valley’s beloved grizzly 399, so come early to make sure you get a seat,” said Leah Shlachter, Adult Program Coordinator. *About the book: “Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek”* Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world -- specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring – Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins 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. What happens here, now, has profound implications for the persistence of other species on every continent. *About Tom Mangelsen* Not only an artist but also a conservationist, Tom Mangelsen was recently named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography. His images are known for their exquisite composition, light, and animal behavior as well as illustrating a strong sense of place. Sensitivity to his subjects and a deep reverence for their surroundings is a defining mark of his work. His outdoor ethics are deeply rooted in a childhood filled with adventure along the Platte River in Nebraska where he gained a passion for the wild that launched a lifetime commitment to the natural world. In 2006, he was chosen as one of Jane Goodall’s “Heroes of the Animal Planet” and profiled in the television series of the same name. During his 40 years of image making, he has been profiled on CNN, National Geographic, NBC’s “The Today Show,” as well as many other television programs. *About Todd Wilkinson* Wilkinson has been a professional journalist and author for 30 years with assignments that have taken him around the world. 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. He also has given public lectures and presentations at venues ranging from the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to Yale University and museums, college campuses and conferences in-between. Wilkinson also is author of the recent critically-acclaimed book “Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet.” In addition, he has a major chapter in David Showalter’s book “Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads” that addresses the conundrum of trying to save sage-grouse from oblivion. A proud native of the North Woods and lake country of Minnesota, he a graduate of St. Olaf College and an alum of the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago where he started his career as a violent crime reporter. He has long made his home in Bozeman, Mont. The event will take place on Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Teton County Library. The program is free and open to the community. This author talk is part of the library’s Summer Reading 2016, going on now through Aug. 13. For details, visit: . *Feature Photo: 399 and the cub people call "snowy." Photo by David Landreth.* #buckrail #news #whatshappening