Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

By: Amy Cherrix

North Carolin'’s black bears were once a threatened species, but conservation efforts have been so successful that there is a boom in bear population. Now scientists ask: can humans and bears live compatibly in and around Asheville?

Web resources. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781328858689

JLG Release: Mar 2019


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Topics: Black bears , Asheville, North Carolina , Animals , Urban wildlife , Animal conservation , Scientists , Citizen scientists , Field science , Conservation science

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The human population of western North Carolina is encroaching on the natural habitat of the region’s black bears. In this encouraging case study of efforts to manage black bear populations in and around Asheville, Cherrix emphasizes how conservationists are looking for sustainable ways to allow humans and wild animals to coexist. She accompanies The human population of western North Carolina is encroaching on the natural habitat of the region’s black bears. In this encouraging case study of efforts to manage black bear populations in and around Asheville, Cherrix emphasizes how conservationists are looking for sustainable ways to allow humans and wild animals to coexist. She accompanies a team of biologists conducting the North Carolina Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study as they locate a bear and her newborn cub (using radio collars and with the cooperation of the homeowners) on private property. The scientists anesthetize the adult bear and document her vital statistics as well as those of her cub. Photographs capture the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain environment and the care the scientists take in collecting data. Photos of children in contact with an anesthetized bear may raise some eyebrows but underscore the message that respectful coexistence is possible (and cautions on how to handle bear encounters are included in the back matter). In contrast to human-bear interactions from the last century, today’s collaborative efforts among scientists, residents, conservationists, and hunters acknowledge the importance of balancing the concerns of all parties. A chapter on wild animal populations in other communities, from leopards in urban Mumbai to feral chickens in Hawaii, emphasizes the global nature of the problem. Appended with web resources, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and an index. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9781328858689

First Release

March 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

599.78/5

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.7; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 1130L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Black bears, Asheville, North Carolina, Animals, Urban wildlife, Animal conservation, Scientists, Citizen scientists, Field science, Conservation science,

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