- 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.84) Chapter 5 Subarctic Shadows
- The Better to Eat You With
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter describes the author's efforts to study bison interactions with wolves. Wood Buffalo National Park is the one spot on the globe where bison should respond to wolves. Sequestered in the vastness of subarctic Canada, this Denmark-sized reserve is the planet's only region where bison remain the mainstay of wolves. The author observes a collective lack of response by bison to predator cues. Wolf-savvy bison from the Canadian north did not even lift their heads to wolf playbacks. Perhaps bison just never respond to wolves. Hearing a distant wolf howl may indicate little about their readiness to hunt. Or, it may be that bison have learned that howling wolves are not hungry wolves.
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