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Coyote America : a natural and supernatural history

Author: Dan L Flores
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans -- especially white Americans -- began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan L Flores
ISBN: 0465093728 9780465093724
OCLC Number: 980582417
Description: 271 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: American avatar --
1. Old man America --
2. Prairie wolf --
3. A war on wild things --
4. The archpredator of our time --
5. Morning in America --
6. Bright lights, big cities --
7. Coyote America --
Epilogue: Coyote consciousness.
Responsibility: Dan Flores.

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"A beautifully readable and meticulously researched book."--Forbes.com "Compassionate and captivating."--Christian Science Monitor "[An] absorbing book.... Flores is a master storyteller."--Natural Read more...

 
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