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The Lynx and Us

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By: David Hetherington(Author), Laurent Geslin(Illustrator)
168 pages, colour photos, colour maps
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Unlike wolves and bears that weaved their way into our childhood consciousness, the lynx is largely unknown to us. What do these secretive ambush hunters look like? What do they eat? How do they live? And how do they get on with people?

Using examples from across Europe, The Lynx and Us describes how this enigmatic predator is recovering lost ground and, crucially, what that means for the human population in this, the busiest of continents.

As wolves, bears and lynx return to landscapes across the Continent, it seems likely that Britain will be the last corner of Europe without any of its missing large predators. This book concludes therefore, with a question: What would it mean to live once more alongside Europe’s largest cat, the Eurasian lynx?

Contents

Introduction   13

Chapter 1: The Enigmatic Lynx   16
The lynx as a predator   20
The way of the lynx   26

Chapter 2: The Fall And Rise   36
The lynx as a competitor   38
The return   50
Reintroduction   60

Chapter 3: Conflict And Coexistence   66
Interactions with people   69
Interactions with domestic animals   70
Conflict around deer   82
Living with us - a cat's chance in hell   86

Chapter 4: Icon Of The Wild   94
Lynx the rewilder   96
Large carnivore tourism   114

Chapter 5 : The UK - A Case Study   120
Britain's little lions   122
The suitability of modern Britain   130
Competitor for game?   136
Predator of livestock?   143
Predator of endangered wildlife?   144
Poster child for the tourism industry?   149
The lynx and us   152

Notes and references   158
Photographer's notes   164
Biographies and Acknowledgements   166

Customer Reviews (6)

  • Return of lynx to the land of the brave
    By Sakari 21 Feb 2019 Written for Hardback
    Having worked on large carnivore conservation and management planning here in Finland since 2005, I have a pretty good idea of the complexity of the ecological and societal issues related to the co-existence of us and these fascinating but sometimes also problematic species. This thorough work The Lynx and Us by Dr David Hetherington addresses these various aspects comprehensively, and it lays a firm foundation for making a detailed plan for reintroducing Eurasian lynx into Scotland. The text is clearly written by an expert, but the superb photographs by Laurent Geslin take this piece to yet another level – it is not only science but art as well.
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  • About time to let the cat out of its bag
    By Steffen 23 Feb 2019 Written for Hardback
    The Lynx and Us is packed with brilliant photos, but it is far more than just a coffee table book. It also offers the reader an impressive knowledge of all relevant aspects of the ecology of the lynx. In the current Danish rewilding debate we have so far focused on the large herbivores, but also the predators should be considered as a vital part of our future ecological restoration. In that respect, the book's honest review of the interactions with people, domestic animals and deer and the reintroduction experiences from other countries are particularly valuable. Maybe it's about time also in Denmark to let the cat out of its bag and start analyzing the pros and cons of a reintroduction of this magnificent species after approximately 6,000 years of absence? The Lynx and Us makes a great input to this process.
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  • excellent book about European lynx
    By Zanete 25 Feb 2019 Written for Hardback
    This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the European lynx. It is a comprehensive review of the biology and human dimensions accompanied by excellent images. Dr David Hetherington takes the reader on an exciting journey through times and countries and gives a perspective for a potential future of lynx in the UK. I can definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in wildlife.
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  • Information & lessons from across Europe!
    By Fabien 25 Feb 2019 Written for Hardback
    There aren't any lynx in the UK, yet. To write his book, the author went on a tour of Europe to find out about the biology and ecology of the species, and how people have lived with lynx for centuries ... or for a few decades in places where lynx were recently reintroduced. I'm based in France, and our experience is somewhat limited compared with other countries that were visited, but I'm proud that the photographer is French. The pictures are excellent, and the book is a pleasure to look at in addition to being packed with information.
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  • The book to read on lynx in the modern world
    By Duncan 2 Mar 2019 Written for Hardback
    The Lynx and Us is excellent at all levels and recommended to anyone with an interest in the species and how it fits into the modern world. I live in Norway, whereas in so many places, human-human social factors dominate the way wildlife is seen and managed – especially large predators. This book is particularly good on covering those issues – including in Norway – though of course, the animal itself remains at centre stage. Not only is the information all here, the photographs are superb.
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  • Amazing book about the Eurasian lynx
    By Marco 13 Mar 2019 Written for Hardback
    This book gives a great overview of the ecology of the Eurasian lynx and its relationship through the centuries with Europe's human inhabitants. David Hetherington's clear and informative text is beautifully complemented by Geslin's amazing images of lynx, all of which are wild animals photographed in the Swiss Alps and Jura. The text refers to many more landscapes right across Europe, including Bavarian Forest National Park where I work on this species. The final chapter is an interesting case study which asks what effects on people, wildlife and livestock might come from reintroducing the lynx to Scotland, where lynx have not existed for several centuries
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Art / Photobook
By: David Hetherington(Author), Laurent Geslin(Illustrator)
168 pages, colour photos, colour maps
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