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Trash animals : how we live with nature's filthy, feral, invasive, and unwanted species

Author: Kelsi Nagy; Phillip David Johnson, II
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are some species admired or beloved while others are despised? An eagle or hawk circling overhead inspires awe while urban pigeons shuffling underfoot are kicked away in revulsion. Fly fishermen consider carp an unwelcome trash fish, even though the trout they hope to catch are often equally non-native. Wolves and coyotes are feared and hunted in numbers wildly disproportionate to the dangers they pose to humans  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kelsi Nagy; Phillip David Johnson, II
ISBN: 9780816680542 081668054X 9780816680559 0816680558
OCLC Number: 816563843
Description: a xvi, 314 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The symbolic trash animal. See gull : cultural blind spots and the disappearance of the ring-billed gull in Toronto / Gavan P.L. Watson ; Hunger makes the wolf / Charles Bergman ; Beauty and the beast / Catherine Puckett ; Managing apocalypse : a cultural history of the Mormon cricket / Christina Robertson --
2. The native trash animal. One nation under coyote, divisible / Lisa Couturier ; Prairie dog and prejudice / Kelsi Nagy ; Nothing says trash like packrats : nature boy meets bushy tail / Michael P. Branch --
3. The invasive trash animal. Canadas : from conservation success to flying carp / Bernard Quetchenbach ; The Bard's bird; or, The slings and arrows of avicultural hegemony : a tragicomedy in five acts / Charles Mitchell ; Fly-fishing for carp as a deeper aesthetics / Phillip David Johnson II --
4. The urban trash animal. Metamorphosis in Detroit / Carolyn Kraus ; Kach'i : garbage birds in a hybrid landscape / James E. Bishop ; Flying rats / Andrew D. Blechman --
5. Moving beyond trash. Kill the cat that kills the bird? / Bruce Barcott ; An unlimited take of ugly : the bullhead catfish / Kyhl Lyndgaard ; A six-legged guru : fear and loathing in nature / Jeffrey A. Lockwood ; The parables of the rats and mice / Kathleen Dean Moore.
Responsibility: Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II, editors ; foreword by Randy Malamud.

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Why are some species admired or beloved while others are despised? An eagle or hawk circling overhead inspires awe while urban pigeons shuffling underfoot are kicked away in revulsion. Fly fishermen consider carp an unwelcome trash fish, even though the trout they hope to catch are often equally non-native. Wolves and coyotes are feared and hunted in numbers wildly disproportionate to the dangers they pose to humans and livestock. In "Trash Animals," a diverse group of environmental writers explores the natural history of wildlife species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the vexed relationship humans have with such creatures.

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