Stalked by a Mountain Lion: Fear, Fact, and the Uncertain Future of Cougars in America

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DEADLY COUGAR ENCOUNTERS

A mountain lion gives birth under a porch in Boulder, Colorado. Another saunters into the parking garage of a swank hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. In the hills outside Sacramento, the remains of a jogger are found buried in a shallow grave, the story of her violent death told in a confusion of animal tracks and a blood-stained sun visor. A child is snatched on his way to school, his attacker a shadow in the ...

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Overview

DEADLY COUGAR ENCOUNTERS

A mountain lion gives birth under a porch in Boulder, Colorado. Another saunters into the parking garage of a swank hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. In the hills outside Sacramento, the remains of a jogger are found buried in a shallow grave, the story of her violent death told in a confusion of animal tracks and a blood-stained sun visor. A child is snatched on his way to school, his attacker a shadow in the alders, a fixed yellow stare crouching over the boy’s torn face.

Where western wilderness unravels into suburbia, at the intersection of a recovering species and a human population hungry for space, the common wisdom that cougars prefer to avoid people has given way to a harsher reality: Mountain lions move in the shadows of our homes, and a few of them hunt there. In this gripping look at the myths and realities of cougar and human interactions, Jo Deurbrouck takes us from the fieldwork of researchers to the near misses of those who faced down these predators and to those rare, horrifying moments when everything went wrong.

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This book's gift to its readers is a humbling, sobering, and necessary perspective on nature and on our inability to accomodate its terrible beauty.
—Richard Manning, author of Food's Frontier and Inside Passage
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743155
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 822,277
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Deurbrock writes about adventure, sports, travel, and nature for magazines and newspapers. She lives with her husband and two dogs in rural Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Chapter 1: California’s Rude Awakening, Chapter 2: Profile of the Killer, Chapter 3: Too Close for Comfort, Chapter 4: Vancouver Island, the Original Hotspot, Chapter 5: A Father’s Nightmare, Chapter 6: The Cougar Stairs, Chapter 7: Hunting the Truth, Chapter 8: The Urban Cougar, Chapter 9: Danger in the Santa Anas, Chapter 10: Demise of the Santa Ana Cougar, Chapter 11: Imagine It’s Your child, Chapter 12: Into the Jaws of Death, Chapter 13: Heroes, Chapter 14: Something Wrong at Cuyamaca, Chapter 15: Lightning Strikes Twice, Chapter 16: The Best Cougar Story, Chapter 17: Stalked, Chapter 18: Hard Truths, Epilogue, Sources, Bibliography, Index

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