On Sale: June 7, 2016
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Non-Fiction Pet-Lover | Non-Fiction History
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. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons,
gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t
just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent
from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York’s Central Park. In the
war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down.
Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural
history of the coyote. It traces both the
five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that
has become the “wolf” in our backyards, as well as its
cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American
religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply
American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West
and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a
pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to
the successes and failures of American expansionism.
An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal,
Coyote America isn’t just the story of an animal’s
survival—it is one of the great epics of our time.
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