Cougar: Ecology and Conservation by Maurice Hornocker, Sharon Negri, Alan Rabinowitz

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By Maurice Hornocker, Sharon Negri, Alan Rabinowitz

The cougar is likely one of the most lovely, enigmatic, and majestic animals within the Americas. Eliciting reverence for its grace and self reliant nature, it additionally triggers worry while it comes into touch with humans, pets, and cattle or competes for hunters’ video game. secret, fantasy, and false impression encompass this amazing creature.   The cougar’s variety as soon as prolonged from northern Canada to the top of South the US, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic, making it the main common animal within the western hemisphere. yet overhunting and lack of habitat drastically diminished cougar numbers via the early 20th century throughout a lot of its ancient variety, and at the present time the cougar faces quite a few threats as burgeoning human improvement encroaches on its last habitat.   while Maurice Hornocker all started the 1st long term examine of cougars within the Idaho desolate tract in 1964, little was once recognized approximately this huge cat. Its secretive nature and rarity within the panorama made it tricky to check. yet his groundbreaking learn yielded significant insights and used to be the prelude to extra study in this debatable species.   The capstone to Hornocker’s lengthy profession learning great cats, Cougar is a strong and functional source for scientists, conservationists, and an individual with an curiosity in huge carnivores.  He and conservationist Sharon Negri assemble the various views of 22 unusual scientists to supply the fullest account of the cougar’s ecology, habit, and genetics, its position as a most sensible predator, and its conservation wishes. This compilation of modern findings, beautiful photos, and firsthand debts of box learn unravels the mysteries of this impressive animal and emphasizes its significance in fit environment methods and in our lives.  

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2003; see Chapter 3 for fuller discussion of genetic markers). This methodology also provides hope of developing a noninvasive and relatively inexpensive method for cougar census within limited areas (Beausoleil et al. 2005). Use of GPS radio-tracking methodology is allowing continuous monitoring of radio-collared cougars independent of time of day or weather, providing less biased relocation records and numbers of relocations far in excess of conventional methods, and allowing new insights into nocturnal movements and social interactions (various poster sessions, seventh and eighth Mountain Lion Workshops).

Elsewhere, experiments are under way to restore habitats and ecosystems already impaired by human cultural encroachments (van Andel and Aronson 2006). Large carnivores, in the United States and elsewhere, are priorities for restoration because large carnivores require vast expanses of natural habitat to maintain viable populations (Gittleman et al. 2001; Maehr et al. 2001; Fascione et al. 2004; Clark et al. 2005; Taylor 2005). Thus, protecting and restoring large carnivores and their habitats provides a protective “umbrella” for various other species (Duke et al.

2005; Anderson 2006; Thorne et al. 2006). Although science is necessary, it is not sufficient for the challenges ahead. Scientific and technological expansion, uncoupled from public values, have been major contributors to the current ecological dilemma (Yankelovich 1991, 1998). Every collective human action, consciously or unconsciously, proceeds from three sequential questions—can we, should we, and will we? Can we, meaning do we have the intellectual capital or knowledge to do what we want? Should we, meaning do we have the moral impulse and social capital to do what we want?

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