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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916809-1
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 288 pages
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    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 288 pages
  • Keywords
    • Wildlife conservation memoir,
    • Wildlife control officer,
    • British Columbia conservation officer,
    • Animal conservation,
    • Law enforcement biography,
    • Law enforcement memoir,
    • Predator control

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The Last Wildlife Control Officer in British Columbia
Thirty Years of Dealing with Problem Predators
by Dennis Pemble and Karen Pemble

When Dennis Pemble was a kid, he never dreamed of becoming a wildlife control officer. After struggling in school because of a learning disability and being bullied by classmates, Pemble finally found his footing after discovering his aptitude for trapping coyotes and training hound dogs. That short-term job set Pemble on a career path that spanned three decades, taking him on calls everywhere from the remote reaches of the Sunshine Coast to urban parks in Vancouver. The Last Wildlife Control Officer in British Columbia: Thirty Years of Dealing with Problem Predators is a memoir composed of thirty-six short stories drawn from Dennis Pemble’s diaries, co-authored with his wife, Karen Pemble. Each wildlife encounter is as educational as it is entertaining, with Pemble sharing expertise on why some animals simply can’t be relocated. He tells tales of near misses, punctuated by moments of hilarity and camaraderie with fellow conservation officers, whether stories of tracking stealthy cougars on the loose (often with beloved hounds Molly, Luke, and Tango leading the charge), relocating grizzly bears, catching a coyote hiding in a gas-station store, and finding the safest way to remove an uninvited guest at the Pacific National Exhibition.

Now retired, Dennis Pemble worked as a wildlife control officer in British Columbia for thirty years. During his career, he had the opportunity to share his experiences with wildlife authors and reporters, bringing them on ride-alongs to witness his work first hand. Pemble has also contributed expertise to Smithsonian magazine, Los Angeles Times magazine, Reader’s Digest, among other publications. He has participated in numerous interviews with media including Reuters, National Geographic TV, and a Japanese TV station. Dennis Pemble lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with his wife, Karen. They spent several months writing this book in their cabin on Shuswap Lake.


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