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Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies
     

Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies

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by Karen McCall, Jim Dutcher
 

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Prepared in conjunction with an award-winning television documentary of the same name, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies reveals a year in the life of this elegant and enigmatic creature through the eyes of wildlife filmmaker Jim Dutcher and writer Karen McCall.

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Prepared in conjunction with an award-winning television documentary of the same name, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies reveals a year in the life of this elegant and enigmatic creature through the eyes of wildlife filmmaker Jim Dutcher and writer Karen McCall.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Because of hunters and a solitary nature, cougars (also known as the panther and mountain lion) are difficult to locate and study. In conjunction with his prize-winning documentary film aired on ABC in 1990, Dutcher compiled the 70 color photos here. Advised by Hornocker's Wildlife Research Service, he released Catrina, a pregnant female from the Boise Zoo, into a five-acre, specially built enclosure deep in Idaho's White Cloud Mountains; he observed her closely for a year. Following Dutcher's superb photographs, McCall combines the story of Dutcher's filmmaking with a richly detailed account of cougar behavior. In mid-July Catrina gave birth to three male kittens; while she accepted the presence of humans, the kittens were hostile to them and it was decided to release these cougars into deeper wilderness in the spring. In 1990-1991, 1800 cougars were killed in the 10 states that permit hunting. This book is a powerful argument for the protection of cougars. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Two years ago, Dutcher documented the story that appears here in a film of the same title that won eight national and international awards. With the help of author and researcher McCall, Dutcher presents a print counterpart that seems just as powerful. The first-rate color photographs effectively capture the cougar's elusive strength, beauty, and spirit. The text operates on two levels. While telling the story of an individual lion, Catrina (the star of the film), it also discusses what the future holds for this species. The message is critical. Cougars, still considered game animals in many states, are killed as nuisance animals by many ranchers who misunderstand them. We must learn to understand and care about this species before it is too late. Recommended for all collections.-- Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Booknews
Prepared in conjunction with an ABC documentary, filmmaker Dutcher and writer McCall relate (in text and 70 striking color photographs) their experience with Catrina, a pregnant cougar taken from the Boise Zoo and released into a five-acre enclosure in Idaho's White Cloud Mountains, where she bore and raised three kittens. They also make clear, however, the devastating impact of human encroachment on the cougar's habitat. 10.25x10". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871565648
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
10/27/1992
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.63(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it has to be the best cougar book out there, it's a must have if you are into cougars or cougar conservation. Lots of photos and well written.