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Hunter and Hunted Relationships Between Carnivores and People

ISBN-10: 0521891094
ISBN-13: 9780521891097
Edition: 2002
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Description: Humans have mixed emotions concerning carnivores. We admire them as beautiful hunters, cosset them as pets, and use their pelts and other products in clothing, medicines and cosmetics. However, they are also responsible for killing us and our  More...

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Book details

List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Humans have mixed emotions concerning carnivores. We admire them as beautiful hunters, cosset them as pets, and use their pelts and other products in clothing, medicines and cosmetics. However, they are also responsible for killing us and our livestock, carry disease and compete with us for space and food. While some advocate the conservation of predators such as wolves and tigers, others see them as vermin and want them gone. In this book, Hans Kruuk, a life-long naturalist with a passion for predators tells the fascinating story of carnivores and our intricate relationships with them. Illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, it deals with the wild beauty of carnivores and their conservation, but also with furs and medicine, man-eaters and sheep-killers, explaining in simple terms what the role of carnivores is in nature, how this impacts on human lives, our art and literature, how we instinctively respond to them and why.

Preface
Turning the other cheek
Conundrum
What is a carnivore?
Carnivore groups in the modern world
Vulnerability
Carnivore society: hermits and communes
Social systems, groups and territories
Collaborators in the hunt
Society
Resources and territories
The quarry of the hunter
Carnivore diet and hunting behaviour
Diet
Hunting behaviour
Surplus killing and caching
Man the hunted
Maneaters
Tiger
Leopard
Lion
Cougar
Spotted hyaena
Bears
Wolf
Domestic and captive animals
Predation on people: a synthesis
Competitors and carriers
Predation on game and livestock
In pursuit of game
Killing livestock
Transmitting disease to people and livestock
Other damage from carnivores
History of a conflict
Carnivores and the first hominids
Predation on early mankind
Early carnivores
Hunting and scavenging in early hominid evolution
Carnivore extinctions and Homo
What is the use?
Carnivores as food, for medicine, perfumes, sport, tourism and the fur trade
Carnivores as food
Medicinal uses and scent
Targets for sport
Carnivores and ecotourism
Fur trade
Wolves with human souls: pets
Dogs and cats as working animals and companions
Pets in past and present
Trained to work
Dogs and cats as companions
Why carnivores, why dogs and cats?
Pets and conservation
Carnivores and neighbours: effects on prey
Effects on other species, and introduced exotics
'Balance' between predators and prey
Predation in communities
Limited numbers of carnivores
Artificial immigration: introducing predators
Crying wolf: anti-predator behaviour
Anti-carnivore behaviour of animals and man
Anti-predator behaviour of birds
Anti-predator behaviour of hoofed mammals
Responses to predator competitors
Anti-predator behaviour of mankind
Carnivores in culture
Carnivores in fable, religion, art and heraldry
Carnivores in classical literature
Witchcraft
Religion
Heraldry
Carnivores in pictures
The future
Effects of humans on carnivores: urbanization and survival
Urban dwellers
Carnivores under threat
Epilogue: Changing views of carnivores, individuality and conservation
References
Index

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