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Fuzz : when nature breaks the law / Mary Roach.

Roach, Mary, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781324001935 :
  • ISBN: 1324001933 :
  • Physical Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-308).
Formatted Contents Note:
Maul cops : crime scene forensics when the killer isn't human -- Breaking and entering and eating : how do you handle a hungry bear? -- The elephant in the room : manslaughter by the pound -- A spot of trouble : what makes a leopard a man-eater? -- The monkey fix : birth control for marauding macaques -- Mercurial cougars : how do you count what you can't see? -- When the wood comes down : beware the danger tree -- The terror beans : the legume as accomplice to murder -- Okay, boomer : failed military actions against birds -- On the road again : jaywalking with the animals -- To scare a thief : the esoteric art of the frightening device -- The gulls of St. Peter's : the Vatican tries a laser -- The Jesuit and the rat : wildlife management tips from the Pontifical Academy for Life -- Killing with kindness : who cares about a pest? -- The disappearing mouse : the scary magic of gene drives.
Summary, etc.:
"Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter's Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature's lawbreakers. Combining little- known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Human-animal relationships.
Animals and civilization.
Animal behavior.
Wildlife management.

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The expert on quirky science writing doesn't disappoint. In Roach's (Grunt; Gulp; Stiff) newest book, she brings readers on her journey into the realm of human-wildlife conflict. Roach's writing combines research with firsthand experience, plus tips for handling an unplanned encounter with a wild animal. She observes and talks with international laypeople and specialists across many fields, such as animal-attack forensics investigators. Her natural curiosity and wit pair well with her topics, including her harassment by monkeys, and the way emus and albatrosses outsmarted the Australian and U.S. militaries, respectively. She gets elbow-deep in crime scenes with furry suspects and travels to India to investigate the high rate of deaths by elephant. Roach also explores how politics, climate change, and religion can complicate human-wildlife interactions worldwide. Like Roach's previous best-selling pop science works, this book is unpretentious and honest about what she sees and what she learns along the way. VERDICT A must-read for wildlife enthusiasts, popular science readers, and anyone who has enjoyed Roach's other books. Her occasionally awkward interactions with people and animals make for the engaging narrative style that Roach is famous for.--Cate Triola, Capella Univ., Minneapolis

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Tracing the line between wildlife and the law, the acclaimed science writer examines how humans interact with the natural world. "What is the proper course when wild animals break laws intended for people?" So asks Roach in a book that, in the author's characteristic style, ranges widely, from wild animal attacks to the inherent dangers of certain plants to ways in which we have treated animals that most humans consider vermin. The author begins by examining "the intractable nature of human-wildlife conflict--as it is known today by those who grapple with it professionally." Roach discusses well-known conflicts such as bear attacks before moving on to an account of her visit to a tea plantation in West Bengal, India, "a place where 'the elephant in the room' is not a metaphor." As in her previous bestsellers such as Grunt and Stiff, the author has clearly done her homework, speaking to professionals across a variety of disciplines, including members of the military; nuns, priests, guards, and other workers at the Vatican; and those with job titles that sound "like something you'd hear if you asked an animal-besotted ten-year-old, What do you want to be when you grow up?" (The lucky fellow in question, who has a doctorate in wildlife biology, researches mountain lions and gray wolves, two apex predators.) Traveling from a bear seminar in Reno to a bird-infested island in the Pacific that plagued the American military during World War II, among many other venues, Roach joyfully explores how human culture and wildlife, including plant life, have either found ways to coexist or are constantly at odds. Throughout, Roach highlights people who are genuinely passionate about the work, and she also includes suggestions for readers on how to deal ethically (and effectively) with their own wildlife issues, wherever they live. From the terrifying to the frustrating, a great starting point for understanding the animal world. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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Bestseller Roach (Bonk) sheds light on nature's malefactors in this often funny, always provocative survey of species that "regularly commit acts that put them at odds with humans." Readers will learn that most lethal bear attacks (which are very rare) are committed by what is commonly believed to be the less dangerous black bear, and that the animal responsible for the most damage to civil aircraft in the U.S. is, surprisingly, the white-tailed deer. Along the way, Roach attends a training for wildlife officers on using forensics to identify the culprits of attacks, where shop talk involves such questions as "ever tase an elk?" In Vatican City, papal officials have a scarecrow that uses lasers to scare off birds and keep them from destroying Easter flower displays. Roach hopes that humans can come to embrace coexistence even with creatures seen as pests--as she does the rat living in her own home. Roach's writing is wry, full of heart, and loaded with intriguing facts: "You may be wondering: When you live off your own fat, do you need to use the toilet? If you are a bear, you do not." This eminently entertaining outing is another winner from Roach. (Sept.)

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In her previous adventurous books, Roach has explored the science of peculiar and familiar subjects ranging from human cadavers to life in space. In Fuzz, she entertainingly investigates "the intractable nature of human-wildlife conflict." (Think Amy Schumer narrating Nature on PBS.) About 2,000 species regularly perpetrate actions that disturb or harm human beings. Some offenses are quite serious (manslaughter, assault, home invasion), others less heinous (vandalizing, robbery, littering). But Roach observes that animals are following their instincts, not committing crimes. Featured creatures include California mountain lions, bears, wild elephants, leopards, white-tailed deer, thieving birds, macaques, mice, and rats. Roach accompanies investigators on the human-animal beat all over the world and explains their use of forensic science, DNA testing and GPS collars, scat examination, and humane methods of trapping and exterminating. She also reviews various remedies for problematic animals and notes that killing wildlife doesn't work as damage control--nature finds a way to compensate. Unusual terminology pops up, such as snarge (remains of birds scraped off an airplane), frass (insect excreta), and murmuration (a mass of birds flying in shape-shifting flocks). Roach writes splendidly about the often-surprising challenges inherent in coexisting with other animals in their natural habitats. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Intrepid, witty, and elucidating, best-selling Roach is an ongoing popular-science supernova.


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