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Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators
 
 
Author
William Stolzenburg.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781596912991
Pages/Publication Date 293/2008
Daedalus Item Code 31929
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In this provocative look at how the disappearance of wolves, great cats, large fish, and flying raptors around the world has upset the balance of numerous local environments, a veteran science journalist and zoological expert tells us what their disappearance portends for the future. Now all but exterminated, these predators have been reduced to minor players in their respective environments. William Stolzenburg finds chaos in their absence, from brazen mobs of deer and marauding raccoons in our backyards to reefs in the North Pacific that have been scoured of plant life by marauding urchins. His first book is a startling tour through bizarre, impoverished landscapes where prey species have run amok.

"Science writing at its best. The subject is important for biology and sustainable development, the prose is excellent, turning lyrical at just the right times, and the story of the research is woven with clarity into natural history. Big, fierce animals have a noble champion in William Stolzenburg."—Edward O. Wilson

"In this impassioned debut, wildlife journalist Stolzenburg examines predation's crucial role in the preservation of ecological diversity, painting nightmarish pictures of what happens when top carnivores are exterminated from ecosystems. Without sea otters to keep ravenous sea urchins in check, some ocean floors in the North Pacific have been stripped of kelp. In Yellowstone National Park, the eradication of wolves has resulted in a glut of elk that have trampled riverbanks and chewed down young trees. White-tailed deer have denuded the undergrowth in the forests of the eastern United States, because wolves and cougar have disappeared. Without large meat eaters, mid-size predators—raccoons, blue jays, crows, squirrels, opossums—have proliferated, to the detriment of songbird populations. In dazzling descriptions, Stolzenburg demonstrates how the delicate balance between predator and prey is so essential, and his book, rich in dramatic accounts of life and death in the wild, is powerful and compelling."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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