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by Marc Bekoff

Category: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: Science books
Author: Marc Bekoff
ISBN: 0870818945
ISBN13: 978-0870818943
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado (December 15, 2007)
Pages: 200
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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Listening to Cougar. I was prepared for a sentimental and sanctimonious book about cougars.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Listening to Cougar. Although I admire Marc Bekoff's work in many ways, he often seems oblivious to the needs of humans in concert with those of wildlife. But I was pleasantly surprised. The book had my emotions all over the place.

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Marc Bekoff has published twenty books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and . Marc Bekoff opens his car door for a dog that turns out to be a lion

Marc Bekoff has published twenty books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and is a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Writer and photographer Cara Blessley Lowe is author of Spirit of the Rockies and co-founder of The Cougar Fund. Marc Bekoff opens his car door for a dog that turns out to be a lion. Other works evoke lions indirectly. BK Loren, in Listening to Cougar: "If the lion, in all its dark, nocturnal otherness, in all its light, internal sameness, does not exist for future generations, if we destroy its habitat, or call open season on it, what could we possibly find to replace it?

This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honors the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches.

This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honors the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches. This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honors the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches.

Marc Bekoff, Cara Blessley Lowe. Marc Bekoff is professor of biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. University Press of Colorado, 2007 - 200 من الصفحات. He is the author of many books, including Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions and Heart, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. Marc Bekoff has published twenty books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and is a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Choose file format of this book to download: pdf chm txt rtf do. Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-200). Personal Name: Bekoff, Marc. Personal Name: Lowe, Cara Blessley. Rubrics: Puma Anecdotes.

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University Press of Colorado, 2007. Based on Marc Bekoff's years of experience studying communication patterns of a wide range of animals, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Not only can animal emotions teach us about love, empathy, and compassion, argues Bekoff - they require us to radically rethink our current relationship of domination and abuse of animals.

Foreword by Jane Goodall. Book Description: This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honors the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches.

"As long as there are still cougars out there, wilderness itself survives. By gathering the best stories to be found from people who have personally experienced the great cat, Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley Lowe have brought our most elusive animal to life."--David Rothenberg, author, Why Birds Sing and Thousand Mile Song<P>"Listening to Cougar indeed! And hearing, through the voices of some of our finest writers, the echoes of wildness and of fear and of pure joy that say so much about who we are and who we have become." --Bill McKibben, author, The Bill McKibben Reader<P>"Elegant and powerful, cougars are icons of wilderness that stir our dreams and emotions. The vibrant tales of encounters with cougars in this anthology express not only admiration for this adaptable predator but also convey that its survival is our moral obligation. The book is a timely and thoughtful blend of natural history and evocation of a mysterious creature."--George B. Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society<P>"Listening to Cougar captures the grace, beauty, and majesty of cougars, and powerfully conveys what cougars mean to people through their own experiences and stories. A must-read for the public, ranchers, scientists, managers, and conservationists, this well-written collection gives voice to views that until now have gone little-heeded by policymakers, and will help cougars by helping us find common ground."--Professor Susan G. Clark, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies<P>"Listening to Cougar describes many scary and awe-inducing, face-to-face encounters with mountain lions (also known as cougars and pumas). I was riveted and could not put the book down. Mountain lions can stalk, ambush and kill a full-grown man. Is that why we find these large, pure carnivores so endlessly fascinating? In addition to all the exciting stories in the book, deftly woven in with intriguing information about cougars, what I love about Listening to Cougar is the book's emphasis on people's emotions, feelings and passions."--Chris Palmer, Distinguished Film Producer in Residence, American University<P>"I especially enjoyed the return to old school naturalist writings, celebrating writers who truly know their subject and write about it as scientists and storytellers, from the head and from the heart."--Kathy Brown, Park Ranger / District Naturalist<P>"In Listening To Cougar, reverence for cougar lives on through the power of story from those who have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the shadow cat in the wild. . . . [T]hese gripping stories bring home the importance that these animals remain living wild and free in our natural world."--Sharon Negri, Executive Director and Founder, WildFutures<P>
Comments to eBook Listening to Cougar
santa
Bekoff does well with all his books,research showing the sentient familial Big Cat.
Jesmi
I learned so much about cougars in this compilation of essays (and a piece of fiction by Joan Fox). The authors shared personal experiences with cougars, information about cougar habits, and so forth. Each was so different yet united with each other that it was easy to read each piece as an individual item, as well as part of a cohesive whole. Of course, the essays (and short story) did not include "everything" about cougars but "just enough" to pique my interest to read and learn more. A very good book!
Mr.Death
If you would like to read some first hand accounts. Written by people who have meet one of the most elusive animals in North America. This is a must read. I also appreciated the facts that are at the back of the book. These animals really are misunderstood. ...
Androwyn
This collection of essays written by knowledgeable people but from different points of view gives an incredible view of the treasure that is Cougar. What was striking was that so many of these articles were written in awe about chance encounters with this magnificent creature. Don't read this book straight through, just take one piece at a time and digest it. You'll surely be inspired by and educated about the 'biggest cat in North America'.
Delalbine
Great book.
Zainian
I saw a cougar (mountain lion) in my subdivision here in the Georgia Mountains (USA). He looked like Snagglepuss (the cartoon character) sauntering across the street with that huge tail of his arched over his back. Later, when I told people about this experience they told me that it was probably a big cat that I saw. I can't get no respect!
Orll
In an age when there is so much hype and so little content, Listening to Cougar is a rare gem and time well spent.
This heady assortment of writers masterfully shuffled together have offered a collection of stories that are at once entertaining, enlightening and heart wrenching. You feel yourself falling through them as through a dream - utterly absorbed. The hard information included for the curious doesn't succumb to the hysterical one sided voice that seems to drive so much natural history writing these days. Instead it offers complete, unflinching information, leaving the thought and decision about these magnificent creatures as something that lingers in a continued conversation between the heart and mind of the reader... trusting that the accounts woven by this collection of voices will have rooted. It is really refreshing to be considered intelligent as a reader, and indeed for spending afternoons with this book, for once, the reader is indeed left more so. I just can't recommend this book enough. If you're considering giving this as a gift, do yourself a favor, save some time and just buy two... it's a little rude to give the copy you just read and packed around with you for a week!
I was prepared for a sentimental and sanctimonious book about cougars. Although I admire Marc Bekoff's work in many ways, he often seems oblivious to the needs of humans in concert with those of wildlife. But I was pleasantly surprised. The book had my emotions all over the place. First, as someone who lives in the woods with cougars, I craved some connection with these authors - did their cougar encounters scare the heck out of them too? Then when I read a story written by a hunter - I felt my blood boil with rage. I am firmly against hunting cougars and just as firmly in favor of humans defending themselves from cougar attack. But by the end of the book I was once again focused upon my own safety and found the details about humans killed by cougars to be heart breaking as well as frightening.

The diversity of perspective gave this book a nice balanced approach to the topic however I am disappointed in the fact that the many people who who have been attacked by cougars and survived - didn't warrant even a cursory mention. The people who bear the emotional and physical scars of cougar attack deserve a voice in a book like this as well.

I presume the editor felt that would inflame fear and cause even more persecution of this great cat. That may well be a valid concern. But this issue of human safety and wildlife survival MUST begin to address ALL perspectives if it is ever to progress past polarized politics.

I for one will say this. I choose to live in the forest so I also choose to live WITH the big predators as best I can. I am after all in THEIR territory and they didn't choose to have me here. That means I would never hunt or harm them - but I would most definitely defend myself from an attack with EVERYTHING at my disposal: pepper spray, a big stick, a knife and yes, my gun (which is not convenient to carry in most cases so pepper spray and knife are with me at all times).

Being stalked by a cougar is humbling. Humans are NOT the top of the food chain - they never were. Just ask the people in India who live with 600 pound Tigers. So I count my blessings that cougars don't usually weigh more than 150 pounds and that my forest is full of deer (a better option than my human frame I am sure!). That said, I don't think humans are making themselves frightening to cougars anymore. The cougar that stalked me made it clear this was her forest and the only reason I am alive now is because she decided to let me live. I was new to life in the forest and thought you could pull your hair in a ponytail (looks like a deers ass) and go jogging every day at the same time of day unarmed with a little puppy (nice bite sized cougar snack) at me side. Stupid. I know better now.

And I know that as humans move into the woods to escape our crowded cities, cougar attacks will only increase. If we are to live peacefully with this creature we need to assert ourselves as capable of defending ourselves. The cougars will get it and stick to deer and rabbit (and the occassional household pet I am sorry to say). I think the best way to make ourselves more forbidle is to place more emphasis upon non-lethal forms of defense. If more cats got a face full of pepper spray they might decide we humans aren't worth the trouble. But as long as the only self-defense advice we are willing to dispense is hold a stick to make yourself look taller - we are asking for more attacks.
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