Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds

by Rachel Levin
Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds

by Rachel Levin


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A humorous and helpful illustrated field guide to avoiding interactions—both dangerous and annoying—with 50 wild animals, including survival techniques, wildlife etiquette, and other essential advice.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399580376
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,117,460
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

RACHEL LEVIN has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Outside, Lucky Peach, and Sunset magazine, where she was a senior travel editor. She is a contributing writer at San Francisco magazine and was recently named the first San Francisco restaurant critic for Eater. A member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, her work has been included in Best Food Writing and other books. She has also appeared on NPR's Marketplace, KQED's Forum, and on stage at Pop-Up Magazine.

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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

Alligators 10

Ants 13

Ants in the Minivan McKenzie Funk 14

Bats 17

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

Bison 31

Black Widow Spiders 32

Bobcats 34

Cockroaches 37

Cockroaches in New York (of Course) Bonnie Tsui 38

Cows 40

Coyotes 43

Coyotes in My Face Chris Colin 45

Crows 46

Deer 51

Deer in the Suburbs Vanessa Hua 52

Dogs 55

Donkeys 56

Dust Mites 59

Elephant Seals 60

Foxes 63

Fruit Flies 64

Geese 67

Horses 68

Jaguars 71

Jellyfish 72

Lice 74

Mice 77

Mice in the Backseat Samin Nosrat 78

Moose 81

Mosquitoes 82

Mountain Lions 84

Opossums 87

Owls (Great Horned) 89

Pigeons 90

Porcupines 92

Rabbits 95

Bunnies in the Backyard Rebecca Flint Marx 96

Raccoons 98

Raccoons in the Kitchen Peter Orner 100

Rats 102

Rats in the Bedroom Diana Kapp 107

Rattlesnakes 108

Seagulls 110

Sea Urchins 113

Sharks 114

Sheep 118

Skunks 121

Squirrels 122

Stingrays 125

Ticks 126

Turkeys 129

Whales 130

Wild Boars 132

Wolves 136

Woodpeckers 139

Animals from Most to Least Deadly 140

Acknowledgments 141

Index 142

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