Fuzz : when nature breaks the law
- Mary Roach
- New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Roach, Mary, author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 298-308)
- A quick word of introduction
- Maul cops : crime scene forensics when the killer isn't human
- Breaking and entering and eating : how do you handle a hungry bear?
- The elephant in the room : manslaughter by the pound
- A spot of trouble : what makes a leopard a man-eater?
- The monkey fix : birth control for marauding macaques
- Mercurial cougars : how do you count what you can't see?
- When the wood comes down : beware the "danger tree"
- The terror beans : the legume as accomplice to murder
- Okay, boomer : futile military actions against birds
- On the road again : jaywalking with the animals
- To scare a thief : the esoteric art of the frightening device
- The gulls of St. Peter's : the Vatican tries a laser
- The Jesuit and the rat : wildlife management tips from the Pontifical Academy for Life
- Killing with kindness : who cares about a pest?
- The disappearing mouse : the scary magic of gene drives
- The fuzzy trespasser : resources for homeowners
- Publisher's summary
What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days, as New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller blasters. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter's Square in the early hours before the pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque. Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature's lawbreakers. When it comes to "problem" wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem-and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.
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- Publication date
- Long-listed for ALA Carnegie Medal 2022 9781324001935 20211122 (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- 9781324001935 hardcover
- 1324001933 hardcover
- 9781324001843 electronic publication
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