Carnivores in Ecosystems - Clark, Susan G.; Curlee, A. Peyton; Minta, Steven C.; Kareiva, Peter - Yale University Press


Carnivores in Ecosystems

The Yellowstone Experience

  • Edited by Susan G. Clark, A. Peyton Curlee, Steven C. Minta, and Peter Kareiva
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Large carnivores—such as the gray wolf and grizzly bear—are in danger of extinction; saving them is one of the most difficult challenges facing conservation biologists worldwide. Other carnivores—such as the mountain lion, wolverine, and lynx—are in need of special management. This valuable book examines the current status, management, and conservation of carnivores in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where these animals have not only been researched for almost forty years but have also been affected by pressures from growing human uses.

Written by leading authorities in the field, the book begins by considering Yellowstone as a "model" system that has international significance. It goes on to survey the history of changing attitudes toward Greater Yellowstone carnivores and to discuss specific animals and their prey (including bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, and small mammals). The book also assesses the current status of conservation genetics and ecosystem dynamics. It closes with a look at the history and theory of carnivore ecology and a survey of research and conservation approaches.

Susan G. Clark is adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and president of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. She is author of Averting Extinction. A. Peyton Curlee is executive director of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. Steven C. Minta is research faculty in wildlife ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Peter M. Kareiva is professor of zoology at the University of Washington.