The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America

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  • Title: The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America
  • Author: DavidBaron
  • ISBN: 9780393326345
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback

[PDF] The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America | by ✓ DavidBaron - The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America, The Beast in the Garden The True Story of a Predator s Deadly Return to Suburban America When residents of Boulder Colorado suddenly began to see mountain lions in their backyards it became clear that the cats had returned after decades of bounty hunting had driven them far from human

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  1. I thought I d kill two birds with one stone by reading this book while walking on the Bonneville Shorline trail where mountain lions have been spotted above the town at dawn when mountain lions hunt the day before the author visited the USU campus I hightailed it back home again not wanting to be found eaten with a copy of the book by my side and undoubtedly win a Darwin Award.


  2. Who among us hasn t seen a wild animal and had just a moment s thought that it would be nice to commune with it in some way, stroke its fur or play with it I think it s a normal reaction for those of us who were raised and now live in developed areas we ve lost sight of the fact that animals, particularly wild ones, can be dangerous.David Baron makes a compelling case for human culpability in the 1991 death of 18 year old Scott Lancaster, who was killed and eaten by a mountain lion Baron doesn [...]


  3. 3.75 stars, really Well written, just not quite as dimensional as something by John Vaillant or as deeply characterized as a work by Timothy Egan I was graduated from CU Boulder in 1986 and lived in Boulder County till 2011 Now I live in a similar environment on the Western Slope, so this book pretty much summarizes my adulthood Like everyone I have lots of lion tales to tell Therefore, perhaps I found it less gripping than other readers did I knew the story, I WAS the story Everyone in it is o [...]


  4. Very few authors can take a real event, announce at the beginning what happens a cougar kills a human near Boulder, Colorado , and then recount a series of events leading up to this crime so that the narrative reads better than a compelling crime thriller from an accomplished fiction writer It was a pleasure to read a book that builds so well and so satisfyingly.


  5. My neighbor loaned me her signed copy of this book after a conversation about mountain lions We ve got em in our town and while a lot of us tend to romanticize them as big kitties, I think we all secretly know that they re really just out to eat us and our dogs And cats And trash, if we throw away chicken carcasses But just in case I had any delusions about the nature of the predator in my backyardAnyway, here is what I appreciated about this book The author keeps the tale mostly unbiased I say [...]


  6. This was such a great book It centers on the mountain lion human conflict in Boulder in the early 1990 s, but the real story is all the decisions that were made up to that point that lead to the inevitable death of a young man by a mountain lion The author does a really good job of weaving together the history of the eradication of natural preditors from the west, the settlement and growth of Boulder as the town it is the special town it is , and the story of mountain lions moving back into the [...]


  7. How much is the distance between 1 the awesome sight of a mountain lion stalking prey and 2 the horror of being the prey Not as much as you might think.Nature is Boulder, Colorado s back yard, and that s the way residents want it Deer flourish and become accustomed to humans Mountain lions eat deer So the lions flourish and become accustomed to humans, too.A cat in the wild will run and hide from dogs too much like wolves and humans too strange Boulder s mistake is to believe that the lions near [...]


  8. The biggest appeal of the book was the setting I ve been living in the front range for a bit and had spent time in a significant number of the places talked about in the book The writing was exciting and fairly graphic at times I appreciated the inclusion of lots of individual perspectives The was a strong focus on the community and their reactions to these events I do feel informed about mountain lions after reading this book I ve been lucky enough to have two experiences with these animals in [...]


  9. This was like watching a train wreck in slow motion You knew where it was headed, you wanted to look away, but you just couldn t do it The book got under my skin in a weird way The author s style, with odd little details peppered throughout, had a way of putting me in the moment He s a superb storyteller I m usually hesitant to hand out five stars, but I think this book deserves every one.


  10. Why SHOULDN T lions consider humans as potential prey The history of how lions in Colorado became increasingly inclined to prey on people is a fascinating mix of ecology, land use change, politics, and psychology human and animal.


  11. The Beast in the Garden by David Baron has long been a favourite of mine This is my second copy, having worn the first one through with constant revisits An investigative exploration of the circumstances that led to the first adult human death from a mountain lion attack in over a century, it is a haunting and spine chilling warning of our inability to respect the wild Baron expertly walks us through the sequence of events that resulted in what, for some, was the inevitable conclusion We are int [...]


  12. I read this book several years ago and liked it It tells the story of the city of Boulder CO as it grew exponentially in the 1980s, feeding up against and consuming cougar country Cougars were coming into yards to kill deer that were seeking food and refuge Soon cougars were killing dogs as well Ultimately, a high school student who was an athlete runner was killed and eaten by a cougar Although the author is a good writer, and the book is an interesting read, I ve rated it only two stars becaus [...]


  13. Everyone loves nature until it eats you.Bolder, Colorado had noticed an increased number of mountain lion or cougar sightings As pets are devoured, sometimes in front of their protesting owners, the population argues over solutions It is a thorny problem People move out into the country to enjoy the scenery and the animals that live there but nature is not gentle The deer, historically thinned by wolves, was exploding Wolves also hunted cougars and trained them to be afraid of dogs but wolves we [...]


  14. I was skeptical of this book at first, due to some disagreements I had with the author s tone and characterizations As I kept reading I became impressed Baron forces the reader to confront difficult truths and challenges us to consider evidence that goes against our world view This book raised all sorts of philosophical and existential questions for me, but even if you read it in the most shallow sense, it s a captivating tale Highly recommend, especially for those of us who consider ourselves [...]


  15. If you have any interest in nature, hiking, animals, conservation vs preservation, being scared and or the history of our country s development and its impact on the ecosystem, ya gotta read this book I will never view a pile of brush and leaves the same way again.


  16. 1991 A young man disappears His body is found two days later, torso bizarrely hollowed out and his organs missing But it s not the work of a deranged murderer he was hunted, stalked, killed and eaten, by a wild animal A mountain lion The story backs up to 1987 and builds, layer by layer, a suspenseful tale Boulder Colorado is a special city full of outdoorsy, nature loving residents Deer roam freely The citizens are almost without exception THRILLED when the mountain lions follow the deer, and b [...]


  17. Because I teach concurrent enrollment for Utah State University, and because USU chooses one book each year to be part of a campus wide common literature experience, I read this with my English 1010 class My enthusiasm was greater than theirs going into it, so it did not surprise me that their incomplete reviews range from tepid endorsements to accusations of boredom too much information not enough happens you know, typical teenage response on something that is nothing than an Internet meme too [...]


  18. When I moved to Boulder I had two great semi rational fears ticks and lightning Mountain lions have now joined the list I started reading David Baron s The Beast in the Garden an account of a fatal mountain lion attack in Boulder County in 1991 and the events leading up to it to assuage my fears and feed my morbid fascination The book succeed at the later but utterly failed at the former The Beast in the Garden isn t quiteAnna Karenina, but it s a sign of great writing if you can reveal the clim [...]


  19. I grew up in a city A very big one I rarely had an opportunity to interact with scary animals in nature where I grew up We had some big spiders in our house Really big, really scary ones, but not much else I now live in Alaska, and I always have sort of a low level anxiety here about wildlife Well, bears anyway Where we live feels quite civilized but is really right on the edge of the wilderness When I ran across The Beast in the Garden I was curious to read about an environment in the lower 48 [...]


  20. First of all this book was an assignment for school When I have a book that I HAVE to read I sometimes drag my feet The other thing right off the bat is that the genre is not really my cup of tea Going into this I was thinking this is going to be really boring Some parts of the book were boring and other parts weren t And considering that I thought this was going to be awful I was pleasantly surprised on my feeling afterwards The book Beast in the Garden by David Baron is about Boulder Colorado [...]


  21. I assigned this book for my advisees to read for summer reading at the school I work at yes I know I ended this sentence on a preposition, get over it Given that my school is all boys I figured a narrative about marauding cats would at least stand a chance against Pokemon GO for attention I have yet to figure out how they have responded, but I have been overwhelmed at the quality of this book both from a research and craft standpoint To be honest, I read some of this when I lived near Boulder in [...]


  22. The Beast in the Garden, is the gripping tail sorry, tale of cougar habituation during the late 1980s and early 90s along Colorado s Front Range The story focuses on Boulder s peculiar form of environmentalism sort of a corporate repentance of the of the 18th 19th century doctrine of Manifest Destiny Boulder acquired many acres of land surrounding the city, which then became protected city statutes prohibited hunting deer populations exploded cougars were drawn to deer, whose meat constitutes 80 [...]


  23. Fascinating book, well written and researched It addresses the issue of open space and asks the important question by encroaching on wildlife have we invited the wild animals to encroach upon us I respect nonfiction authors who know how to create an entertaining read as if you were reading fiction And if this book were fiction it would NOT be in the cozy reads section of bookstores The author follows the history of Boulder as well as the history of the mountain lions in this area Sounds harmless [...]


  24. Review The Beast In The Garden by David Baron Interesting and educational book A good read for people who are interested in how mountain lions, bears, and other wild animals habitat among humans and vice versa I was unsure of the contents of the book but I found the book was well written and a healthy read There were no gory detailed incidents just a few unexpected tragedies which is a normal environmental way of living if you choose to live in those areas There was a lot of information on the l [...]


  25. The Beast in the Garden A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron W.W Norton Co 2004 978.863 This is a great and cautionary tale about predators returning to areas where their ancestors had been removed at the hand of man In the recent American past, predators were shot on sight as a matter of government policy This policy was so effective that apex predators wolves, grizzly bears, and cougars were extirpated in most every area where man and the predators each chose to live The focus of [...]


  26. Boulder, Colorado is an oasis of sorts, surrounded not only by mountains, but by a natural landscape of trees and brush that compose a green belt around and through the city, this wilderness planted and maintained by its citizens for the last one hundred and fifty years Populated by New Westerners, they d rather look at and admire than hunt the deer that began to over populate the town s surroundings and environs With no danger from humans, the deer habituated to them, losing caution and common [...]


  27. Full disclosure This book is about two of my favorite topics, Boulder and mountain lions, so it pretty much couldn t fail but be fascinating to me It was both creepy and fascinating that the story, about mountain lions returning to suburban american , often takes place in my neighborhood and on the trails I hike I think anyone would enjoy this book though It is a murder mystery told backwards, you know the murdered a cougar and the victim a high school athlete from the beginning, but throughout [...]


  28. The writing was beautiful and I enjoyed it, but I disagreed with a lot of what the author seemed to be suggesting as the solution to issues with urban wildlife His was much a sensationalized appeal to emotion than an objective look at the different sides of the issue He fell back a lot of cliches and stereotypes for both the animals and humans of Boulder when a nuanced look would have served better The big reveal seemed to be a critique of the idea of wilderness but he didn t bother to elabora [...]


  29. This is a story well told without too much emotion, but with the human element well in focus David Baron takes a micro look approach at a growing problem in many parts in the United States with a number of various reemerging species Baron avoids the trap of widening the scope outside the target area, the Boulder , Colorado region He tells the story of a particular time 1987 1991 when mountain lions were growing in number and growing too comfortable in their interactions with humans.The writer ex [...]


  30. I have many conflicting emotions and thoughts about this book stemming from that fact that there s no absolute solution to the increasing wildlife human conflicts that occur, particularly in certain areas of the state and nation where management is limited by people who think they re being advocates for wildlife Boulder I m looking RIGHT at you As the author writes in the Epilogue People, especially those who live along the new frontier between civilization and wildland, must accept that they ar [...]