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 donâ€™t come close to capturing
the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as
Americansâ€”especially white Americansâ€”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 didnâ€™t
just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent
from Anchorage, Alaska, to New Yorkâ€™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 â€śwolfâ€ť 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 isnâ€™t just the story of an animalâ€™s
survivalâ€”it is one of the great epics of our time.
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