Hunter and Hunted: Relationships between Carnivores and People

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Hans Kruuk, a life-long naturalist, tells the fascinating story of carnivores and humans' intricate relationships with them. The book is illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, and deals not only with the wild beauty of carnivores and their conservation, but also with the topics of furs and medicine, man-eaters and sheep-killers. Kruuk explains in simple terms the role of carnivores in nature, how they impact human life, art and literature, and how we instinctively respond to them and why.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Hans Kruk] hits a literary home run with his latest book...this is a great book for anyone interested in carnivores and their role in our world." Serge Lariviere, Journal of Mammalogy

"Kruuk captures the essence of an apparent contradiction--why the animals we fear are so fascinating.... A pleasantly written, easy to read, scientifically sound work. Highly recommended." Choice

"A pleasantly written, easy to read, scientifically sound work. Highly recommended." Choice

From The Critics
Kruuk (zoology, U. of Aberdeen) tells the story of carnivores and the complicated relationships human beings have with them. In addition to discussing the wild beauty of these animals and issues related to their conservation, he also talks about pets, sport, furs and medicine, man-eaters and sheep-killers, illuminating their role in nature, their impacts on human lives, their place in art and literature, and how and why humans instinctively respond to them. Illustrated with b&w drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521814102
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Kruuk is Honorary Professor of Zoology, University of Aberdeen and Senior Principal Scientific Officer (Retired) at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Banchory.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Turning the other cheek; 2. Carnivore society: hermits and communes; 3. The quarry of the hunter; 4. Man the hunted; 5. Competitors and carriers; 6. History of a conflict; 7. What is the use? 8. Wolves with human souls: pets; 9. Carnivores and neighbours: effects on prey; 10. Crying wolf: anti-predator behaviour; 11. Carnivores in culture; 12. The future; Epilogue; References.
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