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American bison [electronic resource] : natural history /
Dale F. Lott ; foreword by Harry W. Greene.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2002.
description
xvi, 229 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0520240626
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2002.
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0520240626
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11947078
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dale F. Lott is Professor Emeritus of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."--David Rains Wallace, author of The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age "Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."--James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Flap Copy
"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."--David Rains Wallace, author ofThe Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age "Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough.American Bisonpresents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."--James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-09-01:
This rare jewel of a book is the most extensive description of bison natural history ever published. It will be of value to the scholar as a synthesis and state-of-the-art review, but at the same time it is fun, witty, intriguing, often fascinating, and targeted to the educated lay reader. Not only does behavioral ecologist Lott (Intraspecific Variation in the Social Systems of Wild Vertebrates) have the academic chops to write such a book-he is a biology professor emeritus of the University of California, Davis-but he also literally grew up among the buffalo (his father was superintendent of the National Bison Range). Here he details the history of the American bison, bison physiology, conservation efforts past and present, and the relationships buffalo have with other buffalo as well as such grasslands cohorts as wolves, badgers, prairie dogs, coyotes, and grizzlies. While the text has no citation numbers, a notes section at the end directs the scholar to the sources used. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
Reading this gem of a monograph is like leaning on a Montana fence rail listening to an old buffalo hand spill a lifetime of knowledge. Lott (emer., Univ. of California, Davis) was born and raised on a bison refuge and spent his long academic career studying this species. Without a single graph or table (but with 32 pages of photographs) he paints a clear picture of the animal--its behavior, physiology, evolution, and interactions with the major features of its ecosystem. Separate chapters are devoted to each animal species that associated with the bison. Every aspect of the study is peppered with personal observations and earthy humor. The aim of the work is to be not just a reference on this keystone species of the prairies but to assess the estimates of its maximum populations (too high by 50 percent) and its future prospects (genetic threats are greater than habitat loss). In the final chapters, Lott makes a convincing case for the establishment of a mammoth Great Plains National Park. The informal presentation will appeal to all readers; graduate-level readers will find Lott thin on data compared with Joel Berger and Carol Cunningham's Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations (CH, Jan'95); both should be consulted. All levels. T. C. Williams emeritus, Swarthmore College
Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."--David Rains Wallace, author of "The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age "Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. "American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."--James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Long Description
American Bisoncombines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve,American Bisontakes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grÂce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.
Main Description
A beautifully written book by a recognized expert on one of the great icons of the American West.
Main Description
American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, American Bison takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de gr'ce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Lott combines scientific information and one man's personal experience in a homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. He explores the social life and physiology of the bison, describing an entire grassland community.
Long Description
American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, American Bison takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grÂce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Relationships, Relationships
Bull to Bull and Cow to Bullp. 5
Cow to Cowp. 23
Cow to Calfp. 28
The Machinery of a Bison's Life
Bison Athleticsp. 41
Digestion: Grass to Gas and Chipsp. 47
Temperature Controlp. 53
Whence they Came Forth, and How Much they Multiplied
Ancestors and Relativesp. 61
How Many? The Bison Population in Primitive Americap. 69
The Bison's Neighborhood
The Central Grassland: Where Buffalo Roam When They're at Homep. 81
The Bison's Neighbors
Wolves and Bison: Myths and Realitiesp. 99
Buffalo Birdsp. 105
Diseases and Parasitesp. 108
Pronghornp. 120
Prairie Dogsp. 127
Badgersp. 133
Coyotesp. 138
Grizzliesp. 141
Ferretsp. 145
Human and Buffalo
Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kindp. 151
To Kill a Bisonp. 158
Bison Numbers Before the Great Slaughterp. 167
Where Have All the Bison Gone?p. 170
Attitudesp. 180
Conservation: Then and Nowp. 185
A Great Plains Parkp. 202
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 223
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