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One night, poet and environmental writer John Lane tuned in to a sound from behind his house that he had never heard before: the nearby eerie and captivating howls of coyotes. Since this was Spartanburg, South Carolina, and not Missoula, Montana, Lane set out to discover all he could about his new and unexpected neighbors.
Coyote Settles the South is the story of his journey through the Southeast, as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, suburbs, a tannery, and even city streets. On his travels he meets, interrogates, and observes those who interact with the animals – trappers, wildlife researchers, hunters, rattled pet owners, and even one devoted coyote hugger. Along the way, he encounters sensible, yet sometimes perplexing, insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.
John Lane is an associate professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College, USA. His books include Waist Deep in Black Water, Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, and Circling Home (all Georgia). He also coedited, with Gerald Thurmond, The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South (also Georgia). He has published several volumes of poetry and essays (with Mercer University Press and others), as well as a selection of his online columns, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.
"I first realized what a talent John Lane is when I read his book on the Chattooga. He is a dynamic writer I've come to respect."
– Pat Conroy, author of The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son
"John Lane takes readers into the heart of nature as well as into the nature of the heart, and he writes with wonder, wisdom, and profound attentiveness."
– Ron Rash, author of Serena