- Title Pages
- Preface Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
- Part One Ethics, Conservation, and Animal Protection
- 1 The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation
- 2 Venturing beyond the Tyranny of Small Differences
- 3 Ecocide and the Extinction of Animal Minds
- 4 Talking about Bushmeat
- 5 Conservation, Animal Rights, and Human Welfare
- Part Two Conservation Behavior and “Enlightened Management”
- 6 Why We <i>Really</i> Don't Care about the Evidence in Evidence-Based Decision Making in Conservation (and How to Change This)
- 7 Cautionary Wildlife Tales
- 8 Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence
- 9 Why Evolutionary Biology Is Important for Conservation
- 10 Reintroductions to “Ratchet Up” Public Perceptions of Biodiversity
- 11 Przewalski's Horses and Red Wolves
- 12 Why Individuals Matter
- Part Three Conservation Economics and Politics
- 13 The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare
- 14 Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand
- Part Four Human Dimensions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Compassion for Animals and other Nature
- 15 Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature
- 16 Nature and Animals in Human Social Interactions
- 17 Conservation Social Work
- 18 The War on Nature—Turning the Tide?
- 19 Consuming Nature
- 20 Children, Animals, and Social Neuroscience
- Part Five Culture, Religion, and Spirituality
- 21 Compassionate Conservation
- 22 Explaining China's Wildlife Crisis
- 23 A Triangular Playing Field
- 24 Conservation and Its Challenges in Kenya
- 25 Is Green Religion an Oxymoron?
- 26 Avatar
- Some Closing Words
- About the Contributors
- Contributors' Contact Information
Cautionary Wildlife Tales
Cautionary Wildlife Tales
Learning to Fail or Failing to Learn?
- (p.113) 7 Cautionary Wildlife Tales
- Ignoring Nature No More
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter discusses how we fail to learn from past mistakes when we ignore complex relationships among various species, in this case interactions between grazing sheep, coyotes, and rabbits. It focuses on rabbit drives, which are used to kill these animals in mass, because in Wyoming and Idaho they are considered predators or varmints. It adopts a human-centric approach and asks how rabbit drives affect our human economies or societal values. It argues that killing rabbits might actually increase coyotes' predation on sheep. There are also unintended consequences that shift ecological relationships in a given area that might negatively affect human health.
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