Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

by William Stolzenburg
Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America

by William Stolzenburg


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Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion.

Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded. The lion was three years old, with a DNA trail embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey eventually passing within thirty miles of New York City. It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America, by a barely weaned teenager venturing solo through hostile terrain.

William Stolzenburg retraces his two-year journey--from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast. Along the way, the lion traverses lands with people gunning for his kind, as well as those championing his cause.

Heart of a Lion
is a story of one heroic creature pitting instinct against towering odds, coming home to a society deeply divided over his return. It is a testament to the resilience of nature, and a test of humanity's willingness to live again beside the ultimate symbol of wildness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620405529
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, he is the author of the books Where the Wild Things Were and Rat Island. He is also the screenwriter of the documentaries Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators, and Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship. He lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Black Hills 5

2 Into the Void 38

3 The Search 60

4 Crossroads 88

5 Attack 104

6 Northbound 130

7 The Deer Shepherd 148

8 The Gold Coast 168

9 Resurrection 188

Epilogue: Tolerance 201

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 215

Selected Bibliography 225

Index 231

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