The lost wolves of Japan (Google eBook)

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University of Washington Press, Nov 1, 2009 - History - 331 pages
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Many Japanese once revered the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed Pure God, but as Japan began its modern transformation wolves lost their otherworldly status and became noxious animals that needed to be killed. By 1905 they had disappeared from the country. In this spirited and absorbing narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep look at the scientific, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks changing attitudes toward nature through Japan's long history.
  

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Review: The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

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The Lost Wolves of Japan is a first-rate academically-oriented text that combs through the natural and cultural history of wolves on the Japanese archipelago. Author Brett Walker used historical ... Read full review

Review: The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

User Review  - Rachel (Sfogs) - Goodreads

A scientific, cultural and ecological look into the extinction of Japanese wolves. There was more at play here than just human hunting. Rabies, habitat lose, and changing wolf behaviour with the ... Read full review

Contents

Science and the Creation of the Japanese Wolf
24
Culture and the Creation of Japans Sacred Wolves
57
The Conflicts between Wolf Hunters and Rabid ManKillers in Early Modern Japan
96
Meiji Modernization Scientific Agriculture and Destroying the Hokkaido Wolf
129
Wolf Bounties and the Ecologies of Progress
158
Wolf Extinction Theories and the Birth of Japans Discipline of Ecology
184
Epilogue
222
Wolves and Bears Killed and Bounties Paid by Administrative Region 18771881
231
Notes
235
Works Cited
277
Index
305
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