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Mountain lion
Cox, Daniel J., 1960-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
119 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
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QL737.C23 C686 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Also known as panthers, cougars, and pumas, mountain lions call a vast region home: western Canada, the 12 western US states and Florida, Mexico, and Central and South America. Beautiful and dangerous, these magnificent cats are elusive and notoriously difficult to photograph. Nature photographer Daniel J. Cox takes us deep into the mountain lion's world with this fascinating collection of intimate photographs. Over 100 color photos document these graceful creatures surveying their ranges, nuzzling their cubs, and stalking prey. Writer Rebecca L. Grambo contributes an informative text, offering insight into the mountain lion's behavior, troubled relationship with humans, and struggle for habitat and survival. With more photographs than any other book on the mountain lion, and including rare images of the endangered Florida panther, Mountain Lion presents a unique, up close look at a breathtaking branch of the big cat family.

Author Notes

Daniel J. Cox is an internationally published wildlife photographer who lives in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. His past books include Elk and Black Bear, both published by Chronicle Books.

Rebecca L. Grambo is a natural history writer who lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Library Journal Review

The cougar, puma, mountain lion (or any number of other names) is considered extirpated from the eastern United States. An endangered population of a (debatable) subspecies, the Florida panther, numbers about 50 individuals. However, in the West, cougars are encountering humans more often, and their numbers are estimated to be strong. Unfortunately, as a result of increased contact, more humans (nine) have died from cougar attacks in the last 25 years than in the previous 100. Hence the timely publication of these two titles and others (e.g., Karen McCalls Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies, LJ 11/15/92). In Mountain Lion, wildlife photographer Coxs collection of outstanding color photos features cougars in action, in repose, at play, with their young, on the hunt, and more, as well as views of the rugged terrain that supports the great cats. Grambos text offers a concise natural history, comments on human encounters and future concerns, and a brief bibliography. Shadow Cat is an anthology of 20 essays on the American mountain lion by such noted writers as Rick Bass, David Quammen, and Terry Tempest Williams covering natural history, human encounters, hunting issues, and predator politics. This nicely balanced collection covers the issues from more than one perspective. Both titles are recommended for public libraries and natural history collections.Nancy J. Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs, Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.