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Historically, Old Mose was the largest grizzly known to roam the Colorado Territory in the 1880’s. Farmers had to deal with predators trying to kill their cattle, horses, chickens, sheep, pigs and hogs. Wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, wolverines and black bear also posed a danger to families on their way to the barn, cabin, or outhouse. But just hearing the word grizzly bear struck fear in everyone’s heart. Take a trip back into time when the grizzly bear ruled supreme.
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2018 Reader’s Favorite Five Star Book Review
5 Stars — Great! You would definitely buy this book, and definitely recommend it to your friends. You really loved the characters, the plot, the writing, and editing was superb.
Reader’s Favorite Book Review, March 14, 2018 by Gisela Dixon. The Hunt For Old Mose is written in a fast-paced style and although, at first glance, the plot might seem simple enough, Raymond Cook’s telling of it, with all of the small details of life of people in Colorado, the descriptions of the landscape and mountains, the day-to-day life of a homesteader or a prospector really add depth and richness to the novel. The actual descriptions of Old Mose, grizzly bear attacks, and of wildlife in general – such as coyotes, wolves, mountain lions – and how each of them fits into the ecosystem is very interesting and I could almost imagine myself in Colorado, living during those times. This is a great book and anyone who enjoys the Wild West genre or just novels based on true historical stories will surely enjoy this book.
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The Hunt For Old Mose by Raymond Cook is a 247-page story about a terrifying grizzly bear roaming central Colorado in the year 1883. The bear was nicknamed Old Mose after a rancher saw it moseying away from an elk it had killed and eaten. The fact was, Old Mose was actually a five-year-old a sow with two claws missing off of her left hind foot. Old Mose was a ferocious bear who roamed a huge area near Cañon City. She stood nearly 9 feet tall, weighed 1,200 pounds, had 4-inch claws and 3-inch fangs. Without a doubt, she reigned supreme.
Ranchers depended on their gardens, and livestock they raised, both as a food source, and to sell to earn extra money. After the massive grizzly began destroying gardens and killing cattle, a $1,000 bounty was put on Old Mose’s head. Carcasses of livestock attracted wolves, mountain lion, coyotes, and black bear, which endangered rancher’s families. The Colt 45 revolver or Winchester 30-30 rifle couldn’t kill a grizzly bear. Only a Marlin 45-70, or similar rifle, with a 300-grain shell could kill such a large bear, with a well-placed shot.
Barbwire fences, barn doors, and hog pens did nothing to keep the bear out. With thousands of families homesteading, and prospectors panning for gold or silver, there were plenty of horses, and cattle to kill. Frank Pigg and his 16-year-old son, Wharton found gold in a stream on their land. After his father is killed by Old Mose, Wharton vows revenge.
He sold his father’s ranch, moved to a cabin in a remote valley, and set out to track down and kill the fearsome grizzly. But Old Mose was cunning. The grizzly eluded Wharton and other hunters for over twenty years, before the final confrontation in 1904. Take a trip back in time to central Colorado, where Old Mose was king of the Grizzlies.
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Samuel Mejorado January 23, 2017. Back in 2014, I read Unstoppable, another grizzly bear story by this author and loved the plot and characters. The Hunt For Old Mose was taking grizzly bears in Colorado up a notch. After some research I learned Old Mose was Colorado’s most terrifying grizzly bear in that states history. Great storytelling, yet again by one of my favorite authors. The story just builds into a high tension and riveting ending. With fact and history written all over it. Can’t wait for his next book.
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I was born in Shelton, Washington and grew up as a child on an Indian reservation with my mother, brother and sister. In 1972, at the age of 18 I enlisted in the U. S. Marines. But in 1974, on the way back to my base, a drunk driver hit the car I was riding in head-on going 80. That accident changed my life forever. In 1983 I enrolled in college and by happenchance I took a creative writing class as an elective. At that time I had absolutely no interest in writing.
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