Fuzz : When Nature Breaks the Law
by Roach, Mary

A Quick Word of Introduction1(6)
1 Maul Cops: Crime Scene Forensics When the Killer Isn't Human
2 Breaking And Entering And Eating: How Do You Handle a Hungry Bear?
3 The Elephant In The Room: Manslaughter by the Pound
4 A Spot Of Trouble: What Makes a Leopard a Man-Eater?
5 The Monkey Fix: Birth Control for Marauding Macaques
6 Mercurial Cougars: How Do You Count What You Can't See?
7 When The Wood Comes Down: Beware the "Danger Tree"
8 The Terror Beans: The Legume as Accomplice to Murder
9 Okay, Boomer: Futile Military Actions Against Birds
10 On The Road Again: Jaywalking with the Animals
11 To Scare A Thief: The Esoteric Art of the Frightening Device
12 The Gulls Of St. Peter's: The Vatican Tries a Laser
13 The Jesuit And The Rat: Wildlife Management Tips from the Pontifical Academy for Life
14 Killing With Kindness: Who Cares About a Pest?
15 The Disappearing Mouse: The Scary Magic of Gene Drives
The Fuzzy Trespasser: Resources for Homeowners297(2)

A best-selling author offers an investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. Illustrations.

*Starred Review* In her previous adventurous books, Roach has explored the science of peculiar and familiar subjects ranging from human cadavers to life in space. In Fuzz, she entertainingly investigates "the intractable nature of human-wildlife conflict." (Think Amy Schumer narrating Nature on PBS.) About 2,000 species regularly perpetrate actions that disturb or harm human beings. Some offenses are quite serious (manslaughter, assault, home invasion), others less heinous (vandalizing, robbery, littering). But Roach observes that animals are following their instincts, not committing crimes. Featured creatures include California mountain lions, bears, wild elephants, leopards, white-tailed deer, thieving birds, macaques, mice, and rats. Roach accompanies investigators on the human-animal beat all over the world and explains their use of forensic science, DNA testing and GPS collars, scat examination, and humane methods of trapping and exterminating. She also reviews various remedies for problematic animals and notes that killing wildlife doesn't work as damage control-nature finds a way to compensate. Unusual terminology pops up, such as snarge (remains of birds scraped off an airplane), frass (insect excreta), and murmuration (a mass of birds flying in shape-shifting flocks). Roach writes splendidly about the often-surprising challenges inherent in coexisting with other animals in their natural habitats. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Intrepid, witty, and elucidating, best-selling Roach is an ongoing popular-science supernova. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Tracing the line between wildlife and the law, the acclaimed science writer examines how humans interact with the natural world. "What is the proper course when wild animals break laws intended for people?" So asks Roach in a book that, in the author's characteristic style, ranges widely, from wild animal attacks to the inherent dangers of certain plants to ways in which we have treated animals that most humans consider vermin. The author begins by examining "the intractable nature of human-wildlife conflict-as it is known today by those who grapple with it professionally." Roach discusses well-known conflicts such as bear attacks before moving on to an account of her visit to a tea plantation in West Bengal, India, "a place where 'the elephant in the room' is not a metaphor." As in her previous bestsellers such as Grunt and Stiff, the author has clearly done her homework, speaking to professionals across a variety of disciplines, including members of the military; nuns, priests, guards, and other workers at the Vatican; and those with job titles that sound "like something you'd hear if you asked an animal-besotted ten-year-old, What do you want to be when you grow up?" (The lucky fellow in question, who has a doctorate in wildlife biology, researches mountain lions and gray wolves, two apex predators.) Traveling from a bear seminar in Reno to a bird-infested island in the Pacific that plagued the American military during World War II, among many other venues, Roach joyfully explores how human culture and wildlife, including plant life, have either found ways to coexist or are constantly at odds. Throughout, Roach highlights people who are genuinely passionate about the work, and she also includes suggestions for readers on how to deal ethically (and effectively) with their own wildlife issues, wherever they live. From the terrifying to the frustrating, a great starting point for understanding the animal world. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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