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Village of the Ghost Bears

A Nathan Active Mystery

By Stan Jones

Village of the Ghost Bears
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  • Hardcover: Dec 2009,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2011,
    352 pages.

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In Village of the Ghost Bears, Trooper Nathan Active and his fellow law enforcement personnel must discuss the problem of polar bear poaching, because at least one of the suspects in the arson/murder has been involved in the illegal trade of selling polar bear gallbladders to China...

The Value of Bear Gallbladders
As the book correctly explains, gallbladder bile is highly prized in Chinese medicine. It is considered to be a cure for everything from fever and rheumatism to poor eyesight. Illegal trade exists between Alaska and Korea, and between Alaska and Russia (for eventual sale to China), and it is a lucrative enterprise. The Humane Society of America's website states: "The sum of saleable parts can make a dead bear worth in excess of $10,000. An average sized bear gallbladder commands as much as $3,400 in Asia."

Polar Bear Endangerment
In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Department of the Interior put polar bears on the "threatened" list of the Endangered Species Act (...

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