- Title Pages
- part i The Hunt for Eden
- Chapter 1 The Wolf is at the Door-Who's Afraid?
- Chapter 2 The Shy Giant of the Forest
- Chapter 3 A Tropical Primate in Alaska
- Chapter 4 Emissaries of a Dying Epoch
- part ii The Meek and the Bold
- Chapter 5 Subarctic Shadows
- Chapter 6 To Know Thy Enemy
- Chapter 7 Among the Naive
- Chapter 8 A Tiger East of the Sun
- part iii A Search for Ice Age Relicts
- chapter 9 A Continent of Virgins and Recent Ghosts
- Chapter 10 On Being Caribou and Musk Ox
- Chapter 11 Islands of Ice and Innocence
- part iv The Predator's Gaze
- Chapter 12 Changing the Rules of Engagement
- Chapter 13 Nomads of the Gobi
- Chapter 14 The Silent Cats of Patagonia
- part v Making the Beast More Savage, or Less?
- Chapter 15 A Credibility Conundrum
- Chapter 16 Different Sides of the Darwinian Divide
- chapter 17 Of Fear and Culture
- Readings of Interest and Exploration
- (p.1) Prologue
- The Better to Eat You With
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter begins with the author's first-hand accounts about prey that are unafraid of predators due to lack of exposure to these. It then suggests that if there are lessons to be learned and applied to conservation, we need to look both to past and current attempts to understand how carnivore reintroductions affect modern prey. If naiveté contributes significantly to the evil quartet of extinction—overexploitation, habitat destruction, invading species, and secondary extinctions—we must know why, and develop remedies to enhance the path to survival. This book centers on three questions: (1) Can naive animals avoid death and population extinction when they encounter re-introduced carnivores? (2) To what extent is fear culturally transmitted? (3) How can an understanding of current behavior help unravel the ambiguity of past extinctions while contributing to future conservation?
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