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The Carnivore Way

Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 1-7
  3. Wildways

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 11-35
    3. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 37-60
    4. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 61-80
  4. Where the Carnivores Roam

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 83-111
    3. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 113-145
    4. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 147-169
    5. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 171-189
    6. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 191-215
    7. Cristina Eisenberg
      Pages 217-240
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-308

About this book


What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination, which humans have sought with ever greater urgency in recent times, bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Or in fact is their existence critical to our own, and do we need to be doing more to assure their health and the health of the landscapes they need to thrive?

In The Carnivore Way, Cristina Eisenberg argues compellingly for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes, and how a continental-long corridor—a “carnivore way”—provides the room they need to roam and connected landscapes that allow them to disperse. Eisenberg follows the footsteps of six large carnivores—wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, jaguars, wolverines, and cougars—on a 7,500-mile wildlife corridor from Alaska to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. Backed by robust science, she shows how their well-being is a critical factor in sustaining healthy landscapes and how it is possible for humans and large carnivores to coexist peacefully and even to thrive.

University students in natural resource science programs, resource managers, conservation organizations, and anyone curious about carnivore ecology and management in a changing world will find a thoughtful guide to large carnivore conservation that dispels long-held myths about their ecology and contributions to healthy, resilient landscapes.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Oregon Forest Ecosystems and SocietyCorvallisUSA

About the authors

Cristina Eisenberg conducts trophic cascades research focusing on wolves in Rocky Mountain ecosystems. She teaches ecological restoration and public policy in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She is a Smithsonian Research Associate, a Boone and Crockett Club Professional Member, and an Aldo Leopold scholar. Dr. Eisenberg has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific and literary journal articles and several book chapters. Her first book, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity, was published in 2010 by Island Press.

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