Stephen Herrero

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Stephen Herrero
Born San Francisco, California
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Fields Animal Science
Institutions University of Calgary
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Known for Research on Bear behaviour

Stephen Herrero is a Canadian doctor of animal behaviour and ecology, and was a professor at University of Calgary. He is the author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, which has been described as "authoritative" and "required reading" on the topic.[1][2]

Herrero was born in San Francisco, and earned his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in animal behaviour and ecology.[1] He moved to Canada after being disillusioned with overdevelopment in the U.S., and the Vietnam War.[1] As a professor at the University of Calgary, Herrero's research on bear attacks has been highly influential; it helped develop new policies in bear safety and shifted focus to bear conservation.[1] He is described as a "leading authority" on bear attacks and safety, produces bear safety videos, and testifies in legal proceedings involving bear attacks.[3][4][5][6][7] He was a consultant on the 1978 National Film Board documentary, Bears and Man.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d Bergman, Brian. "Born to Be High and Wild". Macleans. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Fraser, Caroline. "You Are in Bear Country". Outside. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Slade, Darryl (23 September 2010). "Bear expert defends Parks Canada's actions before Lake Louise grizzly attack". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Steve Herrero". University of Calgary. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Baker, Deborah (September 9, 2001). "Neighbors Mourn Victim of Rare Bear Attack". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ Kirkby, Bruce (18 February 2011). "Exploring the wild frontier of Jumbo Valley, B.C.". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Belluck, Pam (11 May 2011). "Study of Black Bears Finds It's Not the Mamas That Should Be Feared the Most". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Colpitts, George (2011). "Films, Tourists, and Bears in the National Parks: Managing Park Use and the Problematic 'Highway Bum' Bear". In Claire Elizabeth Campbell. A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 (PDF). Calgary: University of Calgary Press. p. 168. ISBN 9781552385265.