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The Better to Eat You WithFear in the Animal World$
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Joel Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001

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Of Fear and Culture

Of Fear and Culture

(p.266) chapter 17 Of Fear and Culture
The Better to Eat You With

Joel Berger

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the following questions: (1) Can naive prey avoid extinction when they encounter reintroduced carnivores? (2) To what extent is fear transmitted culturally? (3) How can an understanding of current behavior help unravel the ambiguity of past extinctions and still contribute to future conservation? Answers to the questions have come in spurts and only with partial resolution. Gains have been made and lessons learned. They vary from individuals to populations, from North America to Africa, and by species—past to present.

Keywords:   naive prey, extinction, reintroduced carnivores, fear, conservation

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