The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 4, 2010 - Nature
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The true tale of an edenic Rocky Mountain town and what transpired when a predatory species returned to its ancestral home.

When, in the late 1980s, residents of Boulder, Colorado, suddenly began to see mountain lions in their yards, it became clear that the cats had repopulated the land after decades of persecution. Here, in a riveting environmental fable that recalls Peter Benchley's thriller Jaws, journalist David Baron traces the history of the mountain lion and chronicles Boulder's effort to coexist with its new neighbors. A parable for our times, The Beast in the Garden is a scientific detective story and a real-life drama, a tragic tale of the struggle between two highly evolved predators: man and beast.
 

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Review: The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America

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This was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You knew where it was headed, you wanted to look away, but you just couldn't do it. The book got under my skin in a weird way. The author's style ... Read full review

Review: The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America

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Hippy-dips in Boulder, Colorado welcome mountain lions into their city in a well-thought-out scheme. Pets and humans pay the price. Hippy-dips fail to learn anything useful. A good, clearly written book with a lot of implications for communities near nature areas. Read full review

Contents

Death in the Ecotone
6
A Land without Carnivory
16
Return of the Native
25
Happy Times
38
City of Nature
47
Lion Search
53
The Day Shift
64
Sterkfontein Redux
82
CultureHuman and Animal
151
The Long Summer
170
Final Run
189
The Investigation
211
Exegesis
223
The Myth of Wilderness
232
Postscript
242
Notes on Sources
244

Cats and Dogs
99
Trouble in the Canyon
116
The Hunt
130
Select Bibliography
260
Acknowledgments
276
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About the author (2010)

David Baron, an award-winning journalist, reports on science for National Public Radio. He lives in Boston and Boulder.

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