Swamp Screamer


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The panther – a.k.a the puma, the cougar, the catamount, or the mountain lion – is a legendary American mammal and is vividly depicted in our nation’s literature, folklore, and statuary. in Florida, the panther is an endangered species; its survival is jeopardized by the spread of modern suburban culture, with its residential subdivisions, highways, and shopping malls, which now cover more and more of the state. In Swamp Screamer, Charles Fergus tracks the fifty or so panthers that survive in Florida and the wildlife biologists who are trying doggedly to save them. These experts devise high-tech “captive breeding” strategies in the hopes of making the panthers increase and multiply. In the course of their work, they rub shoulders with all sorts of colorful characters – sportsmen, developers, theme-park owners, radical animal lovers – who see the panther as a threat to their own enterprises or as a rallying point for their activism. Swamp Screamer is a surprising and often comic account of the complex scientific and political efforts that preoccupy the wildlife movement today; it is also an eclectic and evocative history of the vanishing wilds of the Flordia, and an affecting portrait of the panthers themselves.


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Weight 15.6 oz


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