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February 19, 2013


The Montana Book Award recognized University of Montana biology Professor Kerry Foresman for his book “Mammals of Montana,” which was named a 2012 Honor Book.

Being recognized as a 2012 Honor Book “demonstrated that we were able to put the book together and reach a wide audience,” Foresman said. “Mammals of Montana” is used as a text book in university classes as well as a reference for K-12 programs in Montana and by many federal and state agencies. 

“Mammals of Montana” is a comprehensive and illustrated account of ecology, behavior, distribution and reproduction of 109 Montana mammals. The book includes more than 500 color photographs, many by renowned wildlife photographers Alexander Badyaev and Milo Burcham. Foresman also discusses reintroduction efforts for species close to extinction and the effects of climate change on Montana wildlife.

“It’s really quite an honor,” Foresman said of being recognized. “There were a huge number of books that could be considered and it’s really nice to be a part of that group.”

The annual Montana Book Award was established in 2001 to recognize literary and artistic excellence in a book published in the award year. Books that are set in Montana, that deal with Montana themes or issues or that are written, edited or illustrated by a Montana author or artist are eligible for the award. Books for all ages are considered for the award.

For more information call Foresman at 406-243-4492 or email





Contact: Kerry Foresman, professor, UM Division of Biological Sciences, 406-243-4492,