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Nature Wars

The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds
Sterba, Jim (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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More people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in the eastern United States today than anywhere on the planet at any time in history. Perhaps you are one of more than 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, your child's soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, coyotes are killing your pets, or bears are looting your garbage cans. As conservationists transplanted isolated species to restored habitats and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers, and people moved across a landscape once occupied by family farms, an animal-lover's dream-come-true often turns into a sprawl-dweller's nightmare.
Authors: Sterba, Jim, 1943-
Title: Nature wars
the incredible story of how wildlife comebacks turned backyards into battlegrounds
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxiv, 343 p. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Part One. Forest People
The Spruce Illusion
An Epidemic of Trees
Sprawl
Part Two. Wild Beasts
The Fifty Pound Rodent
The Elegant Ungulate
Lawn Carp
Gobblers
Teddies
Part Three. The Denatured Life
Doers to Viewers
Roadkill
Feathered Friends
Feral Felines
Epilogue.
Summary: More people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in the eastern United States today than anywhere on the planet at any time in history. Perhaps you are one of more than 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, your child's soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, coyotes are killing your pets, or bears are looting your garbage cans. As conservationists transplanted isolated species to restored habitats and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers, and people moved across a landscape once occupied by family farms, an animal-lover's dream-come-true often turns into a sprawl-dweller's nightmare.
Local Note: 15 53 76 80 97 109 118 122 148 152 193 216 231 244
ISBN: 0307341976
9780307341976
0307341968
9780307341969
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Sterba
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-336) and index.
Subject Headings: United States Environmental conditions. Wildlife rehabilitation Social aspects United States. Wildlife conservation Social aspects United States. Nature conservation Social aspects United States. Nature Effect of human beings on United States.
Topical Term: Wildlife rehabilitation
Wildlife conservation
Nature conservation
Nature
LCCN: 2012000296
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Aug 20, 2013
  • lilypepper rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found this book badly researched, written, and edited. In talking about pre-colonial North America, the author makes broad generalizations about "Indians", without differentiating between First Nations groups. I found this offensively lazy. This is an interesting topic, but poorly done.

May 08, 2013
  • Malonesd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The historical perspective clearly presents the conflicts between men and wildlife populations. Solutions tried and potential solutions are offered in a non-judgemental, informative and compassionate style.

This book was very well researched but done in a very interesting format of writing. I would highly recommend it.

Mar 30, 2013
  • Saanich rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Living in an are where the deer population is exploding, I found this very interesting, especially the historical context.

Dec 26, 2012
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I loved the first part of the book about the history of American reforestation after the initial colonial period. However, I found the sections on "backyard battlegrounds" sort of tedious as this subject has been well reported in the press.

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