University of Alberta Press

Fauna


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    Buffalo conjure up the West the way no other symbol can. They hold a special place in our culture and imagination. In this prize-winning collection, writers reveal the buffalo in plains ecology and culture from prehistoric times to its present and uncertain future.
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    A look at the preservation of the California Tule Elk that has focused on two central questions facing all those fighting to save a threatened species: Who benefits from survival? Who pays the cost?
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    A compilation of highly sought-after research focusing on wolf management and recovery programs in North America. Reviews the status of wolves in Canada, the United States, Greenland, and the Trans-Himalayan region. Specific chapters address several themes: historical perspectives and the evolution of wolf-human relationships; the status, biology, and management of wolves; restoration, reintroduction, and control programs; wolf-prey dynamics and implications of conservation p... [READ MORE]
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    The aim of this book is to contribute to culturally inclusive, equitable and effective wildlife conservation and management in the northern regions--and by extension, in other regions where indigenous systems of co-existing with wildlife also struggle to work with positivistic science-based assessments of conservation needs. Given the diverse worldviews, perspectives, and agendas of all those seeking to influence conservation of the iconic polar bear, it is impossible in a si... [READ MORE]
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    Inuit have been hunting polar bear for centuries and have built up a rich knowledge about their habitat and behaviour-a knowledge expressed in the oral history, Inuktitut vocabulary and cultural traditions- in Inuit Qaujimaningit, or IQ. The Hunters' and Trappers' Organization of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk and Cambridge Bay share concerns over the future viability of the polar bear population in the McClintock Channel Polar Bear Management Area and about the future integr... [READ MORE]
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    This book focuses upon the hunting of seals and whales in the North Atlantic region, and how the activities of urban-based environmentalism has prompted responses from diverse northern peoples associated with self-determination, human rights, and sustainable development. However, the relevance of an expanding environmentalism implicitly challenges the interests and very survival of local peoples and their distinctive cultures. An historical analysis of these hunting societies... [READ MORE]
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    In 1995, the University of Alberta hosted The Second International Martes Symposium, an event that brought together scientists to discuss the state of knowledge about mammals of the genus Martes, which includes martens, fishers, and sables. Martes: Taxonomy, Ecology, Techniques, and Management contains the proceedings of this symposium, comprised of 31 technical papers on diverse aspects of these small carnivores. The papers highlight research findings and the importance of t... [READ MORE]
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    "I saw a buffalo today." Our fascination with these magnificent creatures draws thousands every year to wilderness areas to view them in their natural setting. Portraits of the Bison stunningly documents bison society with numerous colour photographs, detailed anatomical illustrations, and engaging description. Wes Olson explores the history, social structure, and life cycle of these intriguing animals, with an emphasis on safety and awareness while observing them. ... [READ MORE]
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    Cowboy, conservationist, and curator Martin S. Garretson was widely considered one of the foremost experts on the natural history of the buffalo as well as one of the preeminent advocates for the preservation of the North American bison for several decades during the early twentieth century. His personal mission to save the buffalo from imminent extinction and to inform the American public of the important role the buffalo played in North American history resulted in Garretso... [READ MORE]
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    The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally, if not more, aware of what you can learn from the lion's other end. That is one lesson that Jerry Haigh brings home in this fascinating collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme-you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colourful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa's sprawling vistas &q... [READ MORE]
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    Chronicles historical events and changes in Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. The study was an important landmark in the long history of bison investigations, and came at a time when the future of the bison was again the subject of intense debate. This is the only in-depth study of a predator-prey system that once dominated the mid-section of the continent. The complexity of the modern management dilemma and the importance of thorough ecological invest... [READ MORE]