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The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America's Predators

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination, which humans have sought with ever greater urgency in recent times, bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Or in fact is their existence critical to our own, and do we need to be doing more to assure their health and the health of the landscapes they ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Island Press
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Jim
Jul 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Eisenberg makes the case for maintaining populations of the big carnivores: bears, wolves, cougars, wolverines, bobcats, and jaguars. The most important point is about the need for corridors to connect fragmented populations. Most interestingly, she discusses her experiences with the predators, as she discusses the problems that these animals face in surviving.
Leslie Patten
Jan 23, 2015 Leslie Patten rated it liked it
I read Christina Eisenberg's first book The Wolf's Tooth. That book took time and commitment as it was mostly like reading a scientific treatise with some personal stories thrown in. It was a good book that was unsure of who its audience was--lay person or scientist? Eisenberg's intent with The Wolf's Tooth was to show how top predators, and in particular wolves, have changed the landscape.

The "Landscape of Fear" idea is questionable and the full science is not in. [See Yellowstone Wildlife in
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Amy
Feb 01, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
This technically gets 2.5 stars. I did enjoy the observational prose that was not overly romantic, and appreciated that Eisenberg touched on most viewpoints in the discussion of the myriad issues facing such charismatic species as North American carnivores, the tendency to give the Latin name of a species the first time it was mentioned in a chapter interrupted the flow. I also felt it could've benefited from a moderately more in-depth discussion on conservation.
Kenny
Jul 25, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it
The history and current state of large carnivore prospects in the "Carnivore Way", extending from Mexico through the northern Rockies then into Canada and the Yukon. Eisenberg is an extraordinary ecological scientist. Her multiple graduate level degrees in forest ecology, and her ability to write to interested laymen like myself, made this book readable, fascinating, and factual. Highly recommended if you have interest in the large ecological matrix of the Rocky Mountains.
Elisabetta
Aug 27, 2014 Elisabetta rated it it was amazing
"...but ultimately, coexistence has to do with our human hearts." For anyone interested in large carnivore/omnivore land mammals of North America, this explains their history, current status, the intricacies of politics and nature, their effects etc in a way anyone can understand. Loved reading this.
The Wise Rafiki
Feb 24, 2016 The Wise Rafiki rated it liked it
A decent book for people who don't already know a lot about carnivores. If you do I recommend you skip this book.
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A fascinating read.
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An excellent intro to large carnivore conservation issues in North America .
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