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Carnivore Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution

Authors: Gittleman, John L.

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Carnivores have always fascinated us, even though they make up only 10% of all mammalian genera and only about 2% of all mammalian biomass. In Greek mythology most of the gods adorned their robes and helmets with depictions of carnivores, and the great hero Hercules' most famous feat was killing the "invulnerable" lion with his bare hands. Part· of our fascination with carnivores stems from fright and intrigue, and sometimes even hatred because of our direct competition with them. Cases of "man-eating" lions, bears, and wolves, as well as carnivores' reputation as killers of livestock and game, provoke communities and governrpents to adopt sweeping policies to exterminate them. Even President Theodore Roosevelt, proclaimer of a new wildlife protectionism, described the wolf as "the beast of waste and desolation. " The sheer presence and power of carnivores is daunt­ ing: they can move quickly yet silently through forests, attaining rapid bursts of speed when necessary; their massive muscles are aligned to deliver powerful attacks, their large canines and strong jaws rip open carcasses, and their scis­ sor-like carnassials slice meat. Partly because of our fear of these attributes, trophy hunting of carnivores has been, and to a certain extent still is, a sign of bravery and skill. Among some Alaskan Inuit, for example, a man is not eligible for marriage until he has killed a succession of animals of increasing size and dangerousness, culminating with the most menacing, the polar bear.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • An Introduction to the Carnivora

    Eisenberg, John F.

    Pages 1-9

  • Acoustic Communication by Fissiped Carnivores

    Peters, Gustav (et al.)

    Pages 14-56

  • The Role of Odor in the Social Lives of Carnivores

    Gorman, Martyn L. (et al.)

    Pages 57-88

  • Behavioral Development of Terrestrial Carnivores

    Bekoff, Marc

    Pages 89-124

  • The Comparative Behavioral Ecology of Hyenas: The Importance of Diet and Food Dispersion

    Mills, M. G. L.

    Pages 125-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Carnivore Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution
Authors
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-4716-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-4716-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-412-34360-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 620
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations
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