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|Backyard bears : conservation, habitat changes, and the rise of urban wildlife|
Author: Cherrix, Amy E.
North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but now their numbers are rising in and around Asheville. But what happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there's a boom in the population? Can humans and bears live compatibly? What are the long-term effects for the bears? A look at black bears--and other animals around the globe--who are rapidly becoming our neighbors in urban and suburban areas.
Scientists In The Field (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 197530
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 9.70
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 76569
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/18)
The Hornbook (00/11/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 4–8—Cherrix accompanies four wildlife biologists who are part of the five-year North Carolina Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study centered in Asheville, NC. As the black bear population rebounded from a critical low in the 1970s, conservation efforts resulted in increased human-bear interactions. To learn about bears' habits, scientists fit bears with a radio collar and GPS tracking device and check on them periodically to observe their physical condition. Such field work requires patience and stamina to collect data to help answer questions about how bear behavior, diet, and size may change in urban settings. One unexpected finding is the tolerance most Asheville residents exhibit toward the increased bear population. Cherrix offers brief accounts of other human-animal relations, from leopards in Mumbai to wild boars in Berlin to feral chickens in Hawaii. She also includes short interviews with the scientists, tips for dealing with bears, explanations of GPS tracking, and related topics. Numerous photos accompany the engaging text. Another recent book on urban wildlife, Michelle Mulder's Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities, stresses children's involvement. VERDICT A useful introduction to a field of scientific study that will only grow in importance. A fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.