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Bears in the Backyard: Big Animals, Sprawling Suburbs, and the New Urban Jungle

ISBN: 9781581572179
Publisher: Countryman Press
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2014-06-02
Number of pages: 248
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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. 25 B&W Photographs

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