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The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World

Joel Berger


At dawn on a brutally cold January morning, the author crouched in the icy grandeur of the Teton Range. It had been three years since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone after a sixty-year absence, and members of a wolf pack were approaching a herd of elk. To the author's utter shock, the elk ignored the wolves as they went in for the kill. The brutal attack that followed—swift and bloody—led him to hypothesize that after only six decades, the elk had forgotten to fear a species that had survived by eating them for hundreds of millennia. The author's fieldwork that frigid day raised import ... More

Keywords: extinction, carnivores, fear, conservation, predator-prey behavior, Yellowstone, elk, wolves, rhinos, African lions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Berger, author