By: Kevin Hansen
212 pages, 5 maps, 16 b/w photos, 16 color photos, 15 line illus
&i;Bobcat: Master of Survival&o; tells the story of the most adaptable and resilient wild feline in the world. While half the wild cat species worldwide are in danger, the bobcat is thriving, even expanding its range in North America. Why are bobcats flourishing when so many other wild felines are advancing towards extinction? The book explains how scientists apply the latest in wildlife research technology to probe this diminutive predator's habits and behavior. The reader is invited inside the bobcat's world to see how they hunt, kill prey, raise their young, coexist with humans, and deftly navigate the endless obstacles to survival.
The bobcat is both the most studied and the most exploited wild feline in the world. Millions have been killed for the fur trade. They were the focus of major controversy in the 1970s that transformed international conservation of wild felines. The book discusses how economics and politics play a far greater role in bobcat management and conservation than does science.
...very exhaustive work...All that is known about this elusive carnivore is contained here...accessible while being strictly scientific. Michel Cuisin MAMMALIA
Foreword by Harley G. Shaw; Introduction; 1. Bobcat Basics; 2. The Petite Predator; 3. From Den to Death; 4. Bobcats at Home; 5. From Predator to Pelt; 6. The Predator Puzzle; Afterword
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