Science writer Mary Roach tackles the often contentious issue of human-wildlife conflict. Whether it is elephants in India, blackbirds in Dakota, or deer in New Zealand, this book presents a global miscellany of pest control and nature conservation, all with the goal of peaceful co-existence for animals and people.
Often hilarious and continuously informative, this book is a fascinating foray into an ever-increasing conflict zone.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I found the book to be very interesting and well-written in a journalistic style."
"Educational, of global interest and has touches of humour."
"I found it a delightful romp on a very serious subject."
"Thoroughly researched, great bibliography and globally far ranging."
"Best non-fiction I've read in a very long time."
"Varied, informative, it covers a range of animals and countries and the author has researched it well".
"It's an easy, pleasurable read, thoughtful and insightful and delightfully written."
"Overall I thought it a bit long and a bit 'silly'."
"It may not appeal to those of a sensitive nature."
"The author is negative about 1080 and implies that New Zealanders are cruel allowing it to be used. This could upset some I imagine."
"The author uses subtle references, eg, she advises that many countries now have government departments for 'fish and wildlife protection", not "fish and game".