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An expert in wildlife management tells the stories of those who are finding new ways for humans and mammalian predators to coexist. Stories of backyard bears and cat-eating coyotes are becoming increasingly common, even for people living in non-rural areas. And that might not be a bad thing - in fact, it's a sign of the recovery of wolves, bears, coyotes, and cougars that have been targeted by the federal government for the last century. As carnivore populations increase, however, their proximity to people, pets, and livestock leads to more conflict, and we are once again left to negotiate the uneasy terrain between elimination and conservation. In The Predator Paradox, veteran wildlife management expert John Shivik argues that we can dismantle the paradox, have both people and predators on the landscape, and ensure the long-term survival of both.

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John Shivik

John Shivik is a leader in the development, testing, and application of non-lethal techniques for predation management. Having served as a federal researcher and state predator biologist, he has developed a unique and pragmatic understanding of both the human and animal sides of human-wildlife conflicts. The goal of his research has been to produce advanced methods for reducing predation and to adapt new and existing technologies into improved techniques for wildlife capture and management. He has overseen field studies on wolves, bears, coyotes, and cougars across North America and has been called to assist with carnivore management in Europe. His numerous scientific works have been published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, and BioScience among many others. He is most know publicly for his book, The Predator Paradox: Ending the war with wolves, bears, cougars and coyotes, published in 2014. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Utah State University and lives in Logan, Utah.

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