Grizzly sow and cubs near Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park. 
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Grizzly sow and cubs near Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park.
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What does it mean to manage nature in our national parks?

In 1972 a young man named Harry Walker was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The subsequent wrongful death trial focused on whether the National Park Service had done enough to prevent human interaction with bears.

The story puzzled and fascinated former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith. In it he found myriad questions of what it means to manage nature.

His latest book is “Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature.” He spoke at The Elliott Bay Book Company on August 17.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full version of his talk below:

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