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The Predator Paradox

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The Predator Paradox by John Shivik
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Apr 14, 2015 | ISBN 9780807080771

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“Both ranchers and predator advocates will have something to learn from Shivik’s survey.” —Publishers Weekly

“A fair introduction for the non-initiated reader as well as a resource for those with vested interest in the issue.” —The Deseret News

“Shivik’s style makes the science accessible and relevant for general readers. The narrative is carried by the author’s insights, admonitions and the engaging profiles of those working to resolve the predator paradox.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Shivik’s] book is a highly readable review of an extensive body of knowledge on how to behave around predators without killing them.” —James M. Peek, BioScience

“A masterful storyteller and bold critic, Shivik provides realistic, hands-on solutions to help us share the landscape effectively.”
High Country News

“Shivik, one of the world’s best practitioners and clearly among America’s top thinkers on wildlife management, has produced a shocking yet remarkable read about the USA’s tense relationship with wonderfully charismatic carnivores. For anyone interested in the present or past (or future) of how we treat wildlife—and, importantly, why—this is the book to read. It has balance, pizazz, and depth.”
—Joel Berger, Craighead Chair of Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, and Senior Scientist , Wildlife Conservation Society, author of The Better to Eat You with: Fear in the Animal World

“Dr. Shivik artfully blends facts, humor, and his vast personal experience into a thought-provoking read about the reality of living with large carnivores. He blends wildlife science with human and wildlife behavior to examine what coexisting with predators really means in a landscape that we live, work, and play in and raise our children, pets, and livestock. We need to hear his message. It is a well-written, pragmatic, and enjoyable book that I recommend to anyone interested in conservation of human lifestyles, nature, and wildlife.”
—Edward Bangs, Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (retired)

“John Shivik and fellow wildlife biologists are trying to solve the predator paradox: how to preserve predators and save people and their endeavors from them.”
—Jim Sterba, author of Nature Wars
“This book is for anyone who hates predators, loves predators, or is curious about predators. Dr. Shivik, an expert in predator ecology and management, has woven together an even-handed portrayal of human-wildlife conflicts and a fascinating overview of key behavioral studies along with wonderful sketches of the researchers who are facing this paradox head-on. I expect this beautifully written narrative will increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the wild creatures that share our world–and of the people who work on their behalf.”
—Winifred B. Kessler, PhD, 2012-13 President of the Wildlife Society

Table Of Contents


CHAPTER 1 – The Battlefield

CHAPTER 2 – Predators, People, and Prey: Impacts and Interactions

CHAPTER 3 – Food: An Inseparable Connection

CHAPTER 4 – Perceptions That Fuel the Paradox


Chapter 5 – The Phenomenon of Fright: Disruptive Stimuli

Chapter 6 – Personality and Peer Pressure

Chapter 7 – Of Spiked Doughnuts and Turbo-Charged Flagging: Testing Aversive Stimuli

Chapter 8 – Close, But Not Too Close: Altering Territories

Chapter 9 – Animal Husbandry: Sometimes It’s About Money, Sometimes It’s Not

Chapter 10 – The Power of Emotion and the Need for Knowledge





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