Will Troyer spent his thirty-year career in various parts of Alaska as a biologist with the Department of the Interior. He began his pioneering study of bears in 1950s as manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, where he developed live-trapping techniques that generated crucial insights into bear behavior and biology. Troyer has published extensively in Alaska Magazine, Natural History, Nature Photographer, Outdoor Life, and other magazines and scientific journals. In 1987 he received the prestigious Olaus Murie Award for his conservation efforts. He holds a master's degree in wildlife technology.