Doug Peacock

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– **Biography**:
– Doug Peacock was born in Alma, Michigan, to seasoned naturalists Marion E. and Kathryn L. Peacock.
– He served two tours in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret combat medic and received several military awards.
– Recognized for his expertise in grizzly bear behavior despite having little scientific background.
– Co-founder of conservation organizations like Round River Conservation Studies.
– Known for books such as ‘Grizzly Years’ and ‘Walking it Off.’

– **Books**:
– ‘Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness
– Co-authored ‘The Best of Edward Abbey’ with Edward Abbey.
– ‘In the Shadow of the Sabertooth’
– ‘The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears’
– Latest book: ‘Was It Worth It? A Wilderness Warrior’s Long Trail Home’ (2022)

– **Recognition and Contributions**:
– Guggenheim Fellow and received the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.
– Documentary ‘Peacock’s War’ showcases experiences in Vietnam and grizzly bear conservation efforts.
– Latest film ‘The Beast of Our Time’ focuses on grizzly bears and climate change.
– Writer for publications like The Daily Beast, covering topics related to the American wilderness and animal rights.
– Chairman of the board of trustees for Round River Conservation Studies.

– **Legacy and Conservation Efforts**:
– Advocacy for wildlife and wild places recognized by acclaimed environmentalists and authors.
– Spoken in schools about wilderness conservation and the importance of preserving natural habitats.
– Contributions to grizzly bear recovery and environmental activism have left a lasting impact.
– Collaboration with organizations like Save The Yellowstone Grizzly reflects commitment to conservation efforts.
– Dedication to protecting wildlife and raising awareness about environmental issues continues to inspire others.

– **External Resources**:
– Doug Peacock’s official website provides information about his work and conservation efforts.
– Arctic Expedition page highlights involvement in exploring and studying wildlife.
– Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library features resources related to Doug Peacock.
– IMDb page for ‘The Beast of Our Time’ provides details about the award-winning documentary.
– Men’s Journal article ‘The Grizzly Man’s Last Stand’ discusses conservation work and experiences.

Doug Peacock (Wikipedia)

Doug Peacock (born April 5, 1942) is an American author, filmmaker, wildlife activist, and Vietnam War veteran. He is best known for his work dedicated to grizzly bear recovery in the lower-48, his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness and serving as the model for the well-known character George Washington Hayduke in Edward Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. Doug is the co-founder of several conservation organizations including Round River Conservation Studies and Save The Yellowstone Grizzly.

Peacock at a speaking engagement in 2021

In 1988 the award winning documentary Peacock's War was released about Doug's experiences in Vietnam and his efforts to study and protect grizzly bears. Peacock's War premiered on PBS Nature, Channel 4 London, and the Discovery Channel. In 2019, Doug starred in a film called Grizzly Country, a follow-up documentary devoted to Doug's then-and-now war experiences and the evolution of his work with grizzly bears. Grizzly Country was published by The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries curated by The Atlantic. Doug's 2021 film The Beast of Our Time: Grizzly Bears and Climate Change, narrated by Jeff Bridges and scored by Bill Payne, has already won multiple awards and is currently being screened at environmental film festivals nationwide.

Peacock was named 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Cultural Freedom Fellowship by the Lannan Foundation in 2011 for his work on archaeology, climate change and the peopling of North America as published in his 2013 book In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the Arrival of the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene (Counterpunch/AK Press).

A friend and ally of many acclaimed environmentalists and authors—including Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Rick Ridgeway and Edward Abbey—Peacock has devoted a lifetime to advocating for this planet's wildlife and wild places.

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