People and Predators
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Carnivores provide innumerable ecological benefits and play a unique role in preserving and maintaining ecosystem services and function, but at the same time they can create serious problems for human populations. A key question for conservation biologists and wildlife managers is how to manage the world's carnivore populations to conserve this important natural resource while mitigating harmful impacts on humans.
In People and Predators, leading scientists and researchers offer case studies of human-carnivore conflicts in a variety of landscapes, including rural, urban, and political. The book covers a diverse range of taxa, geographic regions, and conflict scenarios, with each chapter dealing with a specific facet of human-carnivore interactions and offering practical, concrete approaches to resolving the conflict under consideration. Chapters provide background on particular problems and describe how challenges have been met or what research or tools are still needed to resolve the conflicts.
People and Predators will helps readers to better understand issues of carnivore conservation in the 21st century, and provides practical tools for resolving many of the problems that stand between us and a future in which carnivores fulfill their historic ecological roles.
Foreword \ James A. Estes
PART I. Coexistence in Rural Landscapes
Chapter 1. Minimizing Carnivore-Livestock Conflict: The Importance and Process of Research in the Search for Coexistence
Chapter 2. Characteristics of Wolf Packs in Wisconsin: Identification of Traits Influencing Depredation
Chapter 3. Wolves in Rural Agricultural Areas of Western North America: Conflict and Conservation
PART II. Coexistence in Developed Landscapes
Chapter 4. Ecology and Management of Striped Skunks, Raccoons, and Coyotes in Urban Landscapes
Chapter 5. Birds of Prey in Urban Landscapes
Chapter 6. Challenges in Conservation of the Endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox
Chapter 7. Carnivore Conservation and Highways: Understanding the Relationships, Problems, and Solutions
Chapter 8. Living with Fierce Creatures? An Overview and Models of Mammalian Carnivore Conservation
PART III. Coexistence in Political Landscapes
Chapter 9. Dispersal and Colonization in the Florida Panther: Overcoming Landscape Barriers—Biological and Political
Chapter 10. State Wildlife Governance and Carnivore Conservation
Chapter 11. Conserving Mountain Lions in a Changing Landscape
Chapter 12. Restoring the Gray Wolf to the Southern Rocky Mountains: Anatomy of a Campaign to Resolve a Conservation Issue
About the Editors
About the Contributors