Highland News Leader

Information in St. Jacob man’s book on bear attacks helps save man, daughter, father tells ABC

A book by St. Jacob resident Larry Mueller, a former long-time columnist with the Highland News Leader and Belleville News-Democrat, was featured last week in a new ABC-TV series called “In A Moment.”

Mueller was an editor for Outdoor Life magazine for 23 years. His book, Bear Attacks of the Century, was referenced several times in this true re-creation of a grizzly bear attack on a father and his daughter. Tips the father remembered from the book may have helped him survive the attack.

The father is shown reading Mueller’s book for several minutes at the beginning of the episode. Later, he tells how he remembered a survival tip from the book and used his jacket to protect his severe head wounds. Mueller’s book is shown clearly at the end of the episode.

The book was published in 2005, when Mueller was 78, and he continues to write. Currently, he is working on a dog breeding and training book, and a family history.

You can find a link to the ABC report, as well as a link Barnes & Noble, where Mueller’s book is available for purchase, through this story on the News Leader website, www.highlandnl.com.