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published: Sep 2018
publisher: Hancock House

Caught on the Trail

the hidden life of wildlife

by Dale Bakken & Sandra Lynch-Bakken

tagged: wildlife

This book describes the various wildlife found in the Pacific Northwest, including their natural history, habitats and photographs from camera traps used by the authors during their wildlife studies. Aspects of using game cameras and their use in conservation are also discussed.

About the Authors

Dale Bakken

Sandra Lynch-Bakken

Contributor Notes

Dale’s career began decades ago at the Alberta Humane Society in the late 70s. From there his devotion to animals led him into the field of zookeeper and eventually to that of Zoo Director. His life’s work took him through a twenty-eight year journey in six separate facilities. It has now brought him full circle back to the SPCA. Only this time it’s as a Special Provincial Constable in the Cruelty Investigation Department with the British Columbia branch. Throughout his zoo years he had an unwavering commitment to the various species within his care which undoubtedly enhanced their lives. His on-hands practices and the writing of scientific papers on proper husbandry requirements and successful propagation of rare and endangered species contributed to a better quality of life for them then and beyond. His knowledge of fauna both captive and wild is extensive. But it is his self-appointed obligation to wildlife’s welfare that brought about the use of a trail camera. The means by which least impacts fauna was paramount for him while still extracting information on how they survive day to day. Dale’s believe is steadfast - only through knowledge can we hope to salvage and preserve what is left of our fragmented ecosystems. Sandra’s career has mirrored that of her husband’s. She too worked for the BC SPCA, but the majority of her working years were as a zookeeper then a zoo Curator. During those decades any spare time was allocated for travel – the northern tundra to photograph polar bears, the African savannah to photograph everything, the pack ice to study harp seals and the Amazon to study reptiles. Animals are an intrinsic element to her life. Writing about what she experienced became her new passion and a natural progression. And so this is Sandra’s third book. Alone Within the Pack, by Finney Company was her initial book, and Reuben, the Savage Prisoner by Friesen Press her second. She is currently working on a fourth book about grizzly bears.

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