Urban Carnivores Ecology, Conflict, and Conservation

ISBN-10: 0801893895
ISBN-13: 9780801893896
Edition: 2009
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Description: With over half of the world's human population now living in cities, human-carnivore interaction in urban areas is a growing area of concern and research for wildlife managers, conservationists, urban planners, and the public at large. This volume  More...

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Book details

List price: $77.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/12/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

With over half of the world's human population now living in cities, human-carnivore interaction in urban areas is a growing area of concern and research for wildlife managers, conservationists, urban planners, and the public at large. This volume brings together leading international carnivore researchers to explore the unique biological and ecological issues associated with mammalian carnivores in urban landscapes.Carnivores in urban areas are fascinating from an ecological standpoint. They elicit great passions -- positive and negative -- among humans and present difficult challenges for wildlife conservationists and managers. The first section of the book discusses the field of urban ecology and the many potential roles of carnivores in urban ecosystems, details the general behavior and ecology of this group of mammals, and addresses the human side of potential conflicts between people and carnivores in cities. The second section provides species accounts of the most common urban carnivores, including raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and mountain lions. A separate chapter examines the very specialized place of domesticated cats and dogs. The last section compares how various carnivore species fare in cities, looks at the utility of existing conservation and conflict management efforts, and suggests directions for further research and future management initiatives.This thorough examination of the conflicts and complications surrounding urban wildlife is the first to focus specifically on carnivores. It includes an extensive bibliography and is an essential reference for wildlife biologists, mammalogists, and urban planners.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
The Urban Ecosystem
Carnivore Behavior and Ecology, and Relationship to Urbanization
Urban Carnivore Conservation and Management: The Human Dimension
Raccoons (Procyon lotor)
Kit Foxes (Vulpes Macrotis)
Red Foxes (Vulpes Vulpes)
Arctic Foxes (Alopex lagopus) and Human Settlements
Coyotes (Cams Latrans)
Striped Skunks and Allies (Mephitis Spp.)
Eurasian Badgers (Meles meles)
Bobcats (Lynx Rufus)
Mountain Lions (Puma Concolor)
Domestic Cat (Felis Catus) and Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris)
A Taxonomic Analysis of Urban Carnivore Ecology
Stone Martens (Martes foina) In Urban Environments
Community Ecology of Urban Carnivores
Gray Foxes (Urocyon Cinereoargenteus) in Urban Areas
Responding To Human-Carnivore Conflicts in Urban Areas
Conservation of Urban Carnivores
Urban Carnivores: Final Perspectives and Future Directions
Appendix: List of Scientific Names
Bibliography
Index

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