I highly recommend this very well-written book. I read a lot of books about animals, and especially lately about how they intersect with people in the cases of wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions, generally that intersection does not go well for the animal. This is a good overview of mountain lions and their history in America, and is well-written, though nowhere near as moving as American Wolf which is amazing and you should read it if you haven't already, although it WILL make you cry. It definitely made me appreciate mountain lions, I read a lot of books about animals, and especially lately about how they intersect with people in the cases of wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions, generally that intersection does not go well for the animal.
It definitely made me appreciate mountain lions, and I'm glad that more research is being done these days into how apex predators effect their environments and help keep things in balance.
Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America
Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in large cats in the wild. Jul 18, Christopher rated it really liked it.
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A really good book, but also depressing as all hell. Unless you like the wanton destruction of wildlife. Oct 03, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: nature-bio-and-general-science.
I stumbled across Heart of Lion due to an amazon promotion, and almost didn't get it. I thought it was going to be a nonrepresentative book about a single animal, that it wouldn't have good information, and that might be boring. It was the glowing reviews that convinced me to give it a shot, which I am happy about now. Heart of Lion might be the story of one wild mountain lion's journey from the Black Hills of South Dakota to a small town in Connecticut, but his story involves much more than I stumbled across Heart of Lion due to an amazon promotion, and almost didn't get it.
Heart of Lion might be the story of one wild mountain lion's journey from the Black Hills of South Dakota to a small town in Connecticut, but his story involves much more than simply places visited and landmarks crossed. Stolzenburg does an excellent job of giving readers the background of mountain lions in North America, explaining the current ecological situation and why this one mountain lion's story is important and emblematic.
He also does a wonderful job of presenting the facts of the mountain lions' survival as a species across the continent that is - largely - hostile to them and why large predators including and especially mountain lions play an important role in creating healthy and sustainable ecological systems. Most amazingly, Stolzenburg presents all of this in an interesting and realistic way. It would, I think, have been very easy to fall into the trap of saying 'nature will find a way' and that humans need not do anything, wandering youths will find their way back to the eastern US on their own.
But, in light of the midwestern state's policies of shooting mountain lions on sight and the way the already small breeding populations there are steadily being hunted to extinction, this is not a realistic hope. Heart of a Lion is really a mission to educate the public on how mountain lions help to make our world one worth living in, convince people to hear the call of wildlife conservation, and to speak with others - particularly their local and state representatives - about the importance of large predators in preserving our wilderness areas.
It is a wonderful, and definitely one that I would recommend especially to those who argue for a de facto extermination of mountain lions or other large predators. Sep 21, P R rated it it was amazing. This is the book you didn't know you wanted to read or needed to read. It tells the tragic tale of a young male mountain lion's record breaking trek across America, all in search of a mate. His daunting journey is made all the more dangerous as he runs the human gauntlet of civilization and human misplaced fear.
The story is told all while painting a vivid picture of the world that mountain lions find themselves in and their history of persecution; the depressing world of man's genocidal hunt of This is the book you didn't know you wanted to read or needed to read. The story is told all while painting a vivid picture of the world that mountain lions find themselves in and their history of persecution; the depressing world of man's genocidal hunt of the mountain lion to near extinction and their irrational fear of the creature that has kept the species from possibly ever recovering. I never realized that my own unfounded fears of the cats, backed by nothing but urban legends, has helped to perpetuate the heartbreaking fight for survival of an otherwise peaceful and misunderstood animal.
Of all predators in America they may be the one most valuable for saving our ecosystems and shepherding them back to health. Their nomadic and aloof nature would otherwise lead to next to zero encounters with humans and a peaceful cohabitation of this continent, and I hope this book can open readers eyes - as it did mine - to help protect and defend this beautiful and desperate animal.
Although the facts and science are excellently backed in this book, it is taken to the next level as the beautiful writing connects you to the inspirational souls of the mountain lions. Using the story of a young male mountain lion who made his way from the Black Hills to Connecticut before being on the losing end of a battle one night with a vehicle on the highway, the author tells the story of big cats in the US.
He tells how they were nearly eradicated and what harm to our environment has resulted from the lack of this predator. This book tells, in an engaging matter, an excellent and important truth. Mar 07, Hind rated it liked it. This book could have been 40 pages long. May 09, Nicole Olivier rated it it was amazing Shelves: nature , non-fiction , environmental , wildlife. The need to rewild our once-wild woods, mountains and terrains should be all inclusive: from the smallest migratory 3oz bird to the largest mammals. Humans are the ones who upset this balance and the over mile journey of a single, young male mountain lion in search of a mate proves the point that left to expand its range, it will.
The selfish, unabating pursuit of the lion out west, in its shrinking habitat needs to stop. The myths about the cats as indiscriminating, random killers is false. There are many other safer ways to protect herds of cattle etc. Inbreeding of the panther due to its reduced range will end the species' elimination as easily as bounty hunters' guns will kill them, if we don't learn to rethink about the fate of this critical animal. Stolzenburg has sent us an important message. Jul 02, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: nature. I suppose the fact that I finished this book within a week means it deserves more than 3 stars, which I had originally intended to give it.
Ostensibly about the mountain lion that walked across two thirds the length of the U. A, crossing seemingly insurmountable odds in his way to ultimately meet his end in New England, a straight line distance of two thousand odd miles!
Of course, narrating this epic journey by itself would just be a magazine article, and the author adds the history of the I suppose the fact that I finished this book within a week means it deserves more than 3 stars, which I had originally intended to give it.
Of course, narrating this epic journey by itself would just be a magazine article, and the author adds the history of the species, it's biology, and most startling to my mind the history of its persecution from the earliest days of colonial expansion up to present times.https://europeschool.com.ua/profiles/xaxukav/como-conocer-mujeres-colombianas.php
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Indeed this is an indictment of the sheer cruelty and intolerance of a nation supposedly enlightened of the need for wildlife conservation, where roaming cougars are shot on sight by all and sundry without repercussion, while the authorities positively howl for blood at the slightest whiff of the cat's presence. All the while backed by the 'expertise' of wildlife biologists in the employ of state agencies, who support ever increasing hunting quotas for these slow breeding apex predators. While U. In this shooting gallery the state of California stands out as an exception, where shooting of cougars are banned and they thrive in close proximity to humans without serious conflict.
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One can only hope that more states would follow this enlightened mode of carnivore management. Three stars is generous. I cannot believe this is the same author who wrote Where the Wild Things Were, which was both educational and riveting. This book by contrast is a hair-thin story, admittedly a very depressing one, stretched out tediously with tangents designed to make it a marketable length. Great Read This book taught me so much about mountain lions and the history of them.
The author tells the story of a lion who walked across the country in a very entertaining way.
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This is non-fiction but sometimes feels like a novel, I would recommend it to anyone curious about mountain lions. Mar 11, Cindy rated it liked it. View 1 comment. No spoiler since that is revealed in the first few paragraphs of the book. What's the sign of a good writer? When they reveal the end of the story on the first page but can still make you feel like you are immersed in a fast-paced mystery novel in the subsequent pages. The lion had not simply walked a long distance, in the Guinness Book fashion easily imagined by any human pedestrian with a few months' spare time and a supply chain of cool beverages and warm lodging along the way.
This lone cat had threaded a gauntlet that would have given an elite force of Navy SEALs the night sweats. He had slinked and scampered across glaring miles of naked prairie and industrial cropland, patrolled by a certain culture of guns and antipredator hatred that had already dropped dozens of his fellow pilgrims in their paths. He had slipped through the metropolises of millions, abuzz with four-wheeled predators and guarded by skittish cops armed with orders to shoot.
He had forded many of the mightiest rivers east of the Rockies the Missouri, Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Hudson and the busiest of eight-lane freeways, some of them rumbling to more than a hundred thousand vehicles a day. Through ferocious heat, cold, rain, and snow, feeding himself on the fly in a foreign land, he made his way as far east as a land-bound animal could go, to be stopped only by the Atlantic Ocean and two tons of speeding steel.
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