All of this is a recipe for more conflict and to avoid it the public must educate themselves and wildlife agencies and government must be supportive. Unfortunately at the moment Canada continues to fall behind on almost all fronts when it comes to cougars — in research, education of the public and protection of the cats from persecution. Cougar attacks are still very rare — you are more likely to drown in your bathtub, be killed by a pet dog, or hit by lightning.
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Fear-mongering and sensationalism still exists, especially in the main stream media, and cougars are for the most part portrayed as a public threat, but thankfully some of the old attitudes towards cougars are slowly changing, with the knowledge that they already do co-exist with people remaining out of sight, preferring to avoid humans when they can. Researchers are now also aware of the vital and important role they play in healthy ecosystems, managing prey species and enriching our landscapes. The trade off with living in or near cougar country means we must take responsibility and learn to safely coexist with them taking precautions to ensure people, pets, children and livestock are safe.
The Cougar — Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous addresses many of the key issues surrounding cougars as well as being an interesting read, especially for those who would like to know more about cougars in western Canada where they exist in what could be considered their last great refuge. What an excellent review of the book! Thank you. I hope the book will help promote peaceful coexistence with this beautiful creature.
Reblogged this on Making Waves Outreach. Sounds like a great book, similar to The Beast in the Garden…which I really enjoyed…about the cougars living in and around Boulder, Colorado.
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Thanks for the summary! Yes, I read Beast in the Garden years ago, so there are similar themes most definitely. A little heavy on the cougar attacks…I am always worried that this can also send the wrong message but I would hope people look at the big picture.
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Will be doing some more reviews on these cats in the near future have a few books on my list for this summer! Looking forward to learning more! You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. In , a cougar was killed about eight blocks from city hall in Olympia, Washington and GPS collars have tracked a surprising number of the big cats roaming through residential neighborhoods.
Long ago, cougars ranged from the Yukon to the tip of Patagonia and from coast to coast. Bounty hunting decimated their numbers in the first half of the 20th century but today many cougar populations, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, are considered healthy and stable. Some cougars are even migrating east into their former territory.
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Like all predators, cougars play a vital role in a healthy ecosystem. For instance, the presence of a cougar keeps ungulates on the move preventing them from overgrazing an area. A landscape striped of vegetation can lead to soil erosion in streams, affecting fish, as well the bears, birds and other animals that feed on them.
The ripple effect of eliminating predators affects nature in ways most of us never even consider. Although attacks against humans are rare, cougars are opportunistic predators. Wherever they exist, there is some element of risk to pets, livestock and people.
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Research shows, however, that there are many ways to prevent an encounter from becoming an attack and an attack from becoming a fatality. For people living, working or traveling in cougar habitat, understanding the way the predator behaves and knowing how to respond is just as important as teaching young children how to navigate a busy street. It contains 70 photographs, including a page color insert. Skip to content.
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