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An expert's view of the big cat's fight to find its wild...

During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion - also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names - has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain - just ahead of humans - so resilient and resourceful? And what can conservationists and wild life managers learn from them about the web of biodiversity that is in desperate need of protection? Their story is fascinating for the lessons it can afford the protection of all species in times of dire challenge and decline.

©2018 Jim Williams and Joe Glickman (P)2019 Random House Audio

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A great book!

I'm a wildlife biologist in the American West and I frequently work with cougars. I must say, this book was written by an author with an exceptional amount of experience! I am so happy that I was able to get this book on audio (I already owned a hard copy). Let's get some more of Patagonia's published books in audio format! (e.g. Wolverine Way; Gobi Grizzlies; Track of the Grizzly; etc)

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Not all good authors are good narrators

Great book, bad narration. Unfortunately, the author's reading of the book was halting and awkward. I had to take frequent breaks from listening because his cadence was so bad. it very much sounded like he needed more practice and training on how to read aloud. That said, his book is fantastic and I'll likely reread it. For anything else he publishes, though, he should get a professional narrator to do the reading.

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Wondeful adventure, inspiring

I am an avid wildlife appreciator. This book has inspired me to look into many of the organizations that wish to bridge existence between human and beast. I now have added to my bucket list a trip to Patagonia, and glacier national Park. Re-wild… beautiful concept.

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This book is great

I highly recommend this book. I loved it so much I want to buy it in print. I love mountain lions

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  • 10-05-21

Very informative and entertaining!

I surely loved it! Packed with information and great storytelling, this audiobook is worth a listen!

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wonderful story, terrific listen

I listened to this in 2 days. It was great. The author & narrator was engaged and engaging. he was humours. so informative. the history of Patagonia was so enthralling. I learned so much about the land & history.

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Good breadth and decent scientific explanations

I work in Jim's field, so I am a bit biased. Jim does a good job introducing readers to wildlife science but sometimes his explanations are too simple. For example, he often uses a single study to explain a phenomenon that applies to pumas everywhere. He would do the reader well by describing the complexity and circumstances surrounding the research, instead of making generalized claims.

I found myself ocassionally cringing when a behavior he observed in Montana is used to describe pumas everywhere. He clears some of this up by comparing and contrasting pumas in South America, but the reader might be left believing pumas in both regions exhibit identical behaviors.

Overall, this is a good book for anyone interested the science of pumas and wildlife conservation.