Beautiful, Wild & Dangerous
by Paula Wild
70 photographs with colour insert
Published by Douglas & McIntyre
Print edition ISBN 978-1-77162-002-4
ebook ISBN 978-1-77162-003-1
“The Cougar is a must read for anyone who spends time in cougar habitat. Although most people will never see a cougar in the wild, the potential for danger is very real. Paula Wild uses compelling first-hand accounts and information from experts to explain what to do if you encounter a cougar, ways to prevent an encounter from turning into an attack and how to defend yourself if an attack occurs.”
~ Gary Shelton, author Bear Encounter Survival Guide, Bear Attacks The Deadly Truth and Bear Attacks II Myth & Reality.
Both feared and admired, cougars are rarely seen, but odds are that a big cat’s watched you walk through the woods while you’ve been totally unaware of its presence. And that’s part of what makes the cougar an icon of all that is beautiful, wild and dangerous.
Cougars have been observed leaping 5.5 metres (eighteen feet) straight up from a standstill, 18.5 metres (60 feet) down from a tree and nearly 14 metres (45 feet) horizontally onto their prey. They’re mysterious and curious, elusive and powerful.
And sometimes dangerous. Cougar encounters are becoming more common. Statistics from the past two hundred years show that nearly half the attacks on humans have occurred since 1990.
As the biggest cat in Canada, and the second largest in the Americas, cougars range from the Yukon to Patagonia. They’re found in the wild back country, along the edge of suburban developments and, at times, in such unlikely places as the downtown parking garage of the Empress Hotel in British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria.
Once one of the most widely distributed large mammals in the Western Hemisphere, cougar populations were decimated by hunting in many areas.
But their numbers are increasing, especially in western Canada and the United States and some are migrating to the mid-west and beyond.
Wild describes the cougar’s biology, behaviour and lifestyle, as well as surprisingly frequent visits to urban settings. The book examines the lives of captive cougars and also presents information on the important role large carnivores play in the delicate balance of our ecosystem.
The Cougar is a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research, First Nations stories and first person accounts. With her in-depth research, Wild explores the relationship between mountain lions and humans, and provides the most up-to-date information on cougar awareness and defense tactics for people living, working or travelling in cougar country.
“Paula Wild has melded a most readable natural history of the mountain lion with an up-to-date discussion of lion ecology, including relationships with humans. Writing with benefit of her understanding of natural environments, Wild paints a fascinating scenario of this adaptable big carnivore and its role in differing ecosystems. Personal accounts of mountain lion researchers make this a first-class read for anyone interested in this big, charismatic animal.”
~ Maurice Hornocker founder Hornocker Wildlife Institute and Selway Institute, editor Cougar: Ecology and Conservation.
If you’d like an autographed copy, please contact Paula.