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Where the wild things were : life, death, and ecological wreckage in a land of v
William Stolzenburg
Adult Nonfiction QL758 .S746 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this impassioned debut, wildlife journalist Stolzenburg examines predation's crucial role in the preservation of ecological diversity, painting nightmarish pictures of what happens when top carnivores are exterminated from ecosystems. Without sea otters to keep ravenous sea urchins in check, some ocean floors in the North Pacific have been stripped of kelp. In Yellowstone National Park, the eradication of wolves has resulted in a glut of elk that have trampled river banks and chewed down young trees. White-tailed deer have denuded the undergrowth in the forests of the eastern United States, because wolves and cougar have disappeared. Without large meat eaters, mid-size predators--raccoons, blue jays, crows, squirrels, opossums--have proliferated, to the detriment of songbird populations. In dazzling descriptions, Stolzenburg demonstrates how the delicate balance between predator and prey is so essential, and his book, rich in dramatic accounts of life and death in the wild, is powerful and compelling. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh, my! Predators may be deadly, but their role atop the food chain is essential to a healthy environment. According to wildlife journalist Stolzenburg, their gradual extinction at the hands of humanity is resulting in ecologically devastated landscapes and leaving us bereft of nature's majesty. A powerful, important book. (LJ 7/08) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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