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The Better to Eat You With : Fear in the Animal World / Joel Berger.

Author/Creator:
Berger, Joel author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2009]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (360 p.) : 16 color plates, 63 halftones, 12 maps
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
At dawn on a brutally cold January morning, Joel Berger crouched in the icy grandeur of the Teton Range. It had been three years since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone after a sixty-year absence, and members of a wolf pack were approaching a herd of elk. To Berger's utter shock, the elk ignored the wolves as they went in for the kill. The brutal attack that followed-swift and bloody-led Berger to hypothesize that after only six decades, the elk had forgotten to fear a species that had survived by eating them for hundreds of millennia. Berger's fieldwork that frigid day raised important questions that would require years of travel and research to answer: Can naive animals avoid extinction when they encounter reintroduced carnivores? To what extent is fear culturally transmitted? And how can a better understanding of current predator-prey behavior help demystify past extinctions and inform future conservation? The Better to Eat You With is the chronicle of Berger's search for answers. From Yellowstone's elk and wolves to rhinos living with African lions and moose coexisting with tigers and bears in Asia, Berger tracks cultures of fear in animals across continents and climates, engaging readers with a stimulating combination of natural history, personal experience, and conservation. Whether battling bureaucracy in the statehouse or fighting subzero wind chills in the field, Berger puts himself in the middle of the action. The Better to Eat You With invites readers to join him there. The thrilling tales he tells reveal a great deal not only about survival in the animal kingdom but also the process of doing science in foreboding conditions and hostile environments.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Foreword
Prologue
1. The Wolf is at the Door-Who's Afraid?
2. The Shy Giant of the Forest
3. A Tropical Primate in Alaska
4. Emissaries of a Dying Epoch
5. Subarctic Shadows
6. To Know Thy Enemy
7. Among the Naive
8. A Tiger East of the Sun
9. A Continent of Virgins and Recent Ghosts
10. On Being Caribou and Musk Ox
11. Islands of Ice and Innocence
12. Changing the Rules of Engagement
13. Nomads of the Gobi
14. The Silent Cats of Patagonia
15. A Credibility Conundrum
16. Different Sides of the Darwinian Divide
17. Of Fear and Culture
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Readings of Interest and Exploration
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226043647
OCLC:
1135589177
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226043647 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.