A conservation scientist explores the increasing intersection between humans and wild animals
Fang and claw have jumped the white picket fence as encounters with cougars in Chicago, alligators in Florida, and bears virtually everywhere have become increasingly commonplace. As cities and suburbs sprawl, and conservation efforts enable wildlife populations to recover, large wild animals are encroaching on human turf. These creatures might be thrilling to see, but they can bite, scratch, and even kill, and attacks on humans will only increase as we come face to face in the man-made landscape.
Author Edward R. Ricciuti explores cutting-edge research into why it’s happening, how it impacts all of us, and how to deal with it on both societal and personal levels.Readers will learn how to protect against potential dangers even as they are being thoroughly entertained by hair-raising tales of real-life encounters.
|Publisher:||Countryman Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Edward R. Ricciuti is a science journalist, naturalist, and former curator at the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society) who has covered wildlife issues around the world.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Big Cat Is Back: Return of the Cougar 21
Chapter 2 Cougar Attacks and How to Survive Them 39
Chapter 3 Reap What You Sow: How the Environmental Movement and Urban Sprawl Triggered the Animal Invasion 55
Chapter 4 Coyote on the Cul-De-Sac: Coyotes in Cities and New Wolves in the Woods 73
Chapter 5 That's Not Big Bird at Your Feeder: An Abundance of Bruins 97
Chapter 6 Deadliest of All?: Dangerous Deer and Marauding Moose 117
Chapter 7 Gators on the Golf Course: Will Success Spoil the American Alligator? 147
Chapter 8 Alien Invasion: Will Global Warming Trigger a Plaque of Serpents? 169
Chapter 9 Prowling Poisoners: The Venomous Snakes Next Door 187
Chapter 10 Peaceful Coexistence: Searching for a Balance 215