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Trash Animals

How We Live With Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species
(Book - 2013)
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Why are some species admired or beloved while others are despised? An eagle or hawk circling overhead inspires awe while urban pigeons shuffling underfoot are kicked away in revulsion. Fly fishermen consider carp an unwelcome trash fish, even though the trout they hope to catch are often equally non-native. Wolves and coyotes are feared and hunted in numbers wildly disproportionate to the dangers they pose to humans and livestock. In Trash Animals , a diverse group of environmental writers explores the natural history of wildlife species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the vexed relationship humans have with such creatures. Each essay focuses on a so-called trash species--gulls, coyotes, carp, cockroaches, magpies, prairie dogs, and lubber grasshoppers, among others--examining the biology and behavior of each in contrast to the assumptions widely held about them. Identifying such animals as trash tells us nothing about problematic wildlife but rather reveals more about human expectations of, and frustrations with, the natural world. By establishing the unique place that maligned species occupy in the contemporary landscape and in our imagination, the contributors challenge us to look closely at these animals, to reimagine our ethics of engagement with such wildlife, and to question the violence with which we treat them. Perhaps our attitudes reveal more about humans than they do about the animals. Contributors: Bruce Barcott; Charles Bergman, Pacific Lutheran U; James E. Bishop, Young Harris College; Andrew D. Blechman; Michael P. Branch, U of Nevada, Reno; Lisa Couturier; Carolyn Kraus, U of Michigan-Dearborn; Jeffrey A. Lockwood, U of Wyoming; Kyhl Lyndgaard, Marlboro College; Charles Mitchell, Elmira College; Kathleen D. Moore, Oregon State U; Catherine Puckett; Bernard Quetchenbach, Montana State U, Billings; Christina Robertson, U of Nevada, Reno; Gavan P. L. Watson, U of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Title: Trash animals
how we live with nature's filthy, feral, invasive, and unwanted species
Publisher: Minneapolis :, University of Minnesota Press,, [2013]
Characteristics: xvi, 314 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II, editors ; foreword by Randy Malamud
Contents: 1. The symbolic trash animal. See gull : cultural blind spots and the disappearance of the ring-billed gull in Toronto / Gavan P.L. Watson ; Hunger makes the wolf / Charles Bergman ; Beauty and the beast / Catherine Puckett ; Managing apocalypse : a cultural history of the Mormon cricket / Christina Robertson
2. The native trash animal. One nation under coyote, divisible / Lisa Couturier ; Prairie dog and prejudice / Kelsi Nagy ; Nothing says trash like packrats : nature boy meets bushy tail / Michael P. Branch
3. The invasive trash animal. Canadas : from conservation success to flying carp / Bernard Quetchenbach ; The Bard's bird; or, The slings and arrows of avicultural hegemony : a tragicomedy in five acts / Charles Mitchell ; Fly-fishing for carp as a deeper aesthetics / Phillip David Johnson II
4. The urban trash animal. Metamorphosis in Detroit / Carolyn Kraus ; Kach'i : garbage birds in a hybrid landscape / James E. Bishop ; Flying rats / Andrew D. Blechman
5. Moving beyond trash. Kill the cat that kills the bird? / Bruce Barcott ; An unlimited take of ugly : the bullhead catfish / Kyhl Lyndgaard ; A six-legged guru : fear and loathing in nature / Jeffrey A. Lockwood ; The parables of the rats and mice / Kathleen Dean Moore
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Phillip David Editor
Nagy, Kelsi Editor
ISBN: 0816680558
Branch Call Number: 581.62 T775 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Invasive plants Introduced organisms
Topical Term: Invasive plants
Introduced organisms
LCCN: 2013010353
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List - Vermin or urban wildlife? by: multcolib_tamaf Mar 27, 2014

A diverse group of environmental writers looks at the natural history of species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the frustrating relationship humans have with these critters.

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