As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals--from bears, bison, mountain lions, and mice to turkeys, ticks, rats, and raccoons--have become increasingly commonplace. But, wait, what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or stand your ground? How deadly, really, are black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and sharks? Packed with expert tips, fascinating animal facts, and harrowing true tales, Look Big is a must-have survival guide for outdoor, urban, and suburban adventurers alike. If you have ever feared the approach of a grizzly, the spray of a skunk, or an army of cockroaches in the kitchen, this book is for you.
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It’s an increasingly wild world out there. Wildlife and humans have long been at odds, in ways both big and small. But as we continue to build 4,000-square-foot homes where forests once stood and pile into cities (predator-free, all-you-can-eat buffets for the animals that follow), our lives are intersecting more and more. It turns out, animals appreciate the ease of urban and suburban life as much as we do. They’re thriving. We’re cowering. And it’s getting a little out of hand for everyone involved.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: It's a Wild World 7
Ants in the Minivan McKenzie Funk 14
Bears (Block, Grizzly, and Brown) 18
Grizzlies in Alaska Peter Fish 22
Bed Bugs 24
Bed Bugs on the Mind Brooke Borel 27
Bees, Wasps, and Hornets 28
Black Widow Spiders 32
Cockroaches in New York (of Course) Bonnie Tsui 38
Coyotes in My Face Chris Colin 45
Deer in the Suburbs Vanessa Hua 52
Dust Mites 59
Elephant Seals 60
Fruit Flies 64
Mice in the Backseat Samin Nosrat 78
Mountain Lions 84
Owls (Great Horned) 89
Bunnies in the Backyard Rebecca Flint Marx 96
Raccoons in the Kitchen Peter Orner 100
Rats in the Bedroom Diana Kapp 107
Sea Urchins 113
Wild Boars 132
Animals from Most to Least Deadly 140