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Bruce L. Smith

Children's Fiction Author
Wildlife Biologist
Science Writer


New Children’s Book Series — Legend Keepers

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     The Chosen One, the first novel in the Legend Keepers series for middle-grade readers ( 8–12 year-olds and kids my age too!), was released in August 2021. To my surprise, this debut novel was a double silver medal winner in the Feathered Quill Book Awards competition.
     And in August 2022, the second book in the series was released. In The Partnership, Buddy, Oreo, Roark, and others from The Chosen One return, but twelve-year-old Garson Strangewalker, and other characters from the human world, raise the stakes of the adventure. 
     Look for both books in your local bookstores and from online bookseller websites. 
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 Please scroll down to learn about me and my work.


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Bruce Smith is a writer and wildlife biologist who lives in southwest Montana. He's an author of nonfiction articles and books of natural history, science, and outdoor adventure.  He spent most of his 30-year federal career managing populations of wildlife on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. 


His research has produced technical and popular papers focused on large mammal population ecology, diseases, predator-prey relationships, and migratory behavior.

After a combat tour with the US Marines in Vietnam, Bruce earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology.  His Master’s research focused on winter ecology of mountain goats in Montana’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area.  Half-way through his career, he earned a doctorate degree investigating population regulation of Wyoming's Jackson Hole elk herd.

Writing middle-grade novels with environmental themes that immerse young readers in the natural world is Bruce's current passion.



Speaking events

Please reach out to me through my website's Contact page if you would like to schedule:
  • a Legend Keepers school visit
  • a speaking event about any of my nonfiction books
Upcoming Events
  • September 14: Country Bookshelf virtual Zoom book discussion of The Partnership 6-7 pm
  • September 15: Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT.  Reading and  discussion of The Partnership 4:30-6 pm
  • September 17: Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT.  Childrens' reading and discussion of The Partnership 10-12 am
  • September 24: Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Bozeman, MT noon-2 pm
  • October 15: Isle of Books, Butte, MT.  Reading & signing of The Partnership 1-3 pm
  • October 17: Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Mt. Book signing 10-11 am 
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The PBS film, Feeding the Problem, reviews the disease issues surrounding the feeding of thousands of elk in western Wyoming. Through stunning imagery and a powerful narrative, the film explores the social, historical and ecological impacts of Wyoming’s elk feedgrounds. 

     For more information on how winter feeding of thousands of elk affects the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Area, I suggest reading the book Where Elk Roam.