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Nature Wars

The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds
Sterba, Jim (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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After the Second World War people moved first into suburbs on urban edges, and then kept moving out across a landscape once occupied by family farms. By 2000, a majority of Americans lived in neither cities nor country but in that vast in-between. Much of sprawl has plenty of trees and its human residents offer up more and better amenities than many wild creatures can find in the wild: plenty of food, water, hiding places, and protection from predators with guns. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream-come-true, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.
Authors: Sterba, Jim, 1943-
Title: Nature wars
the incredible story of how wildlife comebacks turned backyards into battlegrounds
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxiv, 343 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Sterba
Contents: Part One. Forest people
The spruce illusion
An epidemic of trees
Sprawl
Part Two. Wild beasts
The fifty pound rodent
The elegant ungulate
Lawn carp
Gobblers
Teddies
Part Three. Denatured life
Doers to viewers
Roadkill
Feathered friends
Feral felines
Epilogue
Summary: After the Second World War people moved first into suburbs on urban edges, and then kept moving out across a landscape once occupied by family farms. By 2000, a majority of Americans lived in neither cities nor country but in that vast in-between. Much of sprawl has plenty of trees and its human residents offer up more and better amenities than many wild creatures can find in the wild: plenty of food, water, hiding places, and protection from predators with guns. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream-come-true, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.
ISBN: 0307341968
9780307341969
9780307985668
Branch Call Number: 304.20973 S8381n 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States Environmental conditions Wildlife rehabilitation Social aspects United States Wildlife conservation Social aspects United States Nature conservation Social aspects United States Nature Effect of human beings on United States
Topical Term: Wildlife rehabilitation
Wildlife conservation
Nature conservation
Nature
LCCN: 2012000296
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List - Vermin or urban wildlife? by: multcolib_tamaf Mar 27, 2014

Many of us live in neither city nor country but in that vast in-between that has plenty of trees and better amenities than many wild creatures can find in the wild. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream-come-true, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s... Read More »


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Aug 20, 2013
  • lilypepper rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found this book badly researched, written, and edited. In talking about pre-colonial North America, the author makes broad generalizations about "Indians", without differentiating between First Nations groups. I found this offensively lazy. This is an interesting topic, but poorly done.

May 08, 2013
  • Malonesd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The historical perspective clearly presents the conflicts between men and wildlife populations. Solutions tried and potential solutions are offered in a non-judgemental, informative and compassionate style.

This book was very well researched but done in a very interesting format of writing. I would highly recommend it.

Mar 30, 2013
  • Saanich rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Living in an are where the deer population is exploding, I found this very interesting, especially the historical context.

Dec 26, 2012
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I loved the first part of the book about the history of American reforestation after the initial colonial period. However, I found the sections on "backyard battlegrounds" sort of tedious as this subject has been well reported in the press.

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