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In the Absence of Predators: Conservation and Controversy on the Kaibab Plateau

By: Christian C Young

269 pages, 18 b/w photos, 2 figs

University of Nebraska Press

Hardback | Sep 2002 | #129879 | ISBN: 0803249160
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The wildlife management controversy over the deer on the Kaibab Plataeu, north of the Grand Canyon, remains one of the best-known examples of nature's balance being upset by human efforts to protect a certain aspect of nature. The controversy involves an apparent deer population explosion and crash on the Kaibab Plataeu in the late 1920's, which was initially blamed on the removal of natural predators. Young describes the interactions, rivalries, and conflicts betwwn state and federal agencies, scientists, nature lovers, conservationists, and hunters.

The book does an excellent job of detailing the complex sequence of events-biological, ecological, and political-that surrounded the swings in the deer population in the 1920's. . . . Recommended both for those wanting a full accounting of the people and organizations behind this particular attempt at wildlife management, as well as others who may want to study this case as an example of the kind of dynamic that plays when we attempt to understand and deal with any natural system.--"E-Streams"


List of Illustrations; List of Maps; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Buckskin Mountain; 2. Beasts in the Garden; 3. A Deer Dilemma; 4. Getting to the Bottom of Things; 5. Taking Notice of the Kaibab Deer; 6. Scientific Expertise in the Midst of Controversy; 7. Big Game Management Plans on the Kaibab; 8. The Exception That Proved the Rule; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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