NO SAFE REFUGE: MAN AS PREDATOR IN THE WORLD OF WILDLIFE
Author: Terry Grosz
Publisher: Big Earth / Johnson, Oct 2003
More true tales from the sharp end of conservation law enforcement, by a 32-year veteran of the never-ending struggle to protect America?s wildlife. Color photos; 6x9 inches, 336 pgs.
In No Safe Refuge, Terry Grosz continues the chronicle of his remarkable career defending America?s wild creatures from those hunters, poachers, and commercial market hunters who just didn?t know when to stop. Since his first days as a game warden in 1966, Terry Grosz has been fighting against the business of extinction.
A natural-born storyteller, Grosz has an almost limitless supply of amazing tales to tell?matching wits with the ?bad guys? for three decades produced a wealth of stories, by turns hair-raising, hilarious, and heart-wrenching. In ?Uncle John?s Cows,? Grosz confronts the lawman?s dilemma when the offender is part of his family. In ?The M-1 Abrams Tank,? he has to think fast to keep from blowing his cover while working in a roomful of outlaws. Yet a larger theme that runs through many of these stories is the killing frenzy that grips some men and turns them into predators. Some set out to poach and harvest wildlife; others are recreational hunters who become possessed by this bloodlust. The effect would be the same, though?stealing from our children?s and grandchildren?s heritage?and it was Terry Grosz?s job to stop them.
Like his career, Grosz?s stories are always infused with his love of wildlife and the great outdoors. Extinction happens without a sound, Terry Grosz often says, and he welcomes the opportunity to speak up for the wild creatures that have no voice of their own. Best of all, though, his stories are so remarkably entertaining you won?t want to put them down.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terry Grosz was a conservation law enforcement officer for more than 30 years, initially for the State of California and then with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A natural storyteller, Grosz writes about the remarkable characters he met?on both sides of the law?and the tight spots he got into. As a law enforcement agent, he learned to sniff out trouble, defuse tense situations, and stay alive; as a human being he learned to temper justice with mercy and treat everyone fairly.
Grosz was a California State Fish and Game Warden from 1966 to 1970. He then joined the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, serving in California for another four years before moving on to North and South Dakota, and then Washington, D.C. where he worked with the Endangered Species Program. He spent the last 18 years of his career based in Denver as Assistant Regional Director for Law Enforcement.