Jack Whitman was raised in the mountains of central Idaho. In 1981, he migrated north to Alaska, where he worked as a biologist and pilot, specializing on large predators and their relationships with their prey. He lived 6 years in the Copper River basin of southcentral Alaska, then 11 years in the small western Interior village of McGrath. In 1993 and 1994, he took a sabbatical from his duties in Alaska and worked on ecological studies of Siberian tigers andAmur leopards in the Russian Far East. In 1998 he transferred to southeasteern Alaska, and currently resides in Sitka. He has authored many technical manuscripts on a variety of wildlife subjects, as well as numerous popular articles. He has been a trapper, hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman his entire life.