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Moose : behavior, ecology, conservation
Geist, Valerius.
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Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [1999]

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144 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm
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QL737.U55 G426 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Describes the personality traits, diets, breeding behavior, and social structure of moose, and covers such issues as conservation efforts and their interaction with humans.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Let's talk micro to macro about mammals. Geist is one of the world's leading authorities on hoofed animals, particularly deer, and the moose is the largest deer. Moose have been studied (and hunted) for centuries in both the Old World, where they were known as elk, and the New. How such a large (up to 1,400 pounds) herbivorous animal finds enough to eat, avoids its predators, and interacts with its fellow moose are investigated. Moose evolution, along with a discussion of why moose have such large noses, leads to discussions of the yearly cycle in moose feeding and habitat use, and how moose use their habitat and behaviors to defend themselves. The chapter on moose courtship and reproduction will be particularly interesting to many readers, as it is during the autumn rut that moose are at their most impressive--and often at their most easily viewed. The final section on the interactions of moose and people not only covers the usual discussion of wildlife management but contains an amusing section on hand-reared moose. An excellent buy for all libraries and a must for libraries in areas with resident moose. America north of Mexico is home to more than 400 species of mammals, and a comprehensive book on all of these species that reflects current research has been needed for some time. Wilson is the senior editor of the indispensable taxonomic survey Mammal Species of the World, and the present volume was produced in the same manner, as a collaborative effort with the American Society of Mammalogists. The book is presented taxonomically from the more primitive opossum to the more advanced rabbits and includes an account of every native mammal known to occur north of the Mexican border, including offshore islands and waters. A short writeup on each order and family precedes the more lengthy species accounts. Each account is written by an expert with extensive field experience on that species and is followed by a short digest of size, identification (description), synonyms of the scientific name, other common names, status in the wild, a list of subspecies, and a list of references. Virtually every species is illustrated with a black and white or (more often) color photo and a range map. This work not only provides an excellent overview of our native mammals but an indispensable reference to the scientific literature, making it a primary source for reference librarians for years to come. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Outstanding color photographs by noted wildlife photographer Francis eloquently tell the story of the moose in its natural setting. Accompanying the photographic essay is authoritative text by Geist, a zoologist who has served as a consultant to the National Geographic Society on similar books and television specials. Geist introduces the reader to the natural history of the moose, discussing the different species of moose, social structure, diet, personality, breeding, habitat, and interaction with humans. The book will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and to those seeking factual information about the moose. It should be equally appreciated for its aesthetic value and for its informational content. Highly recommended for natural history collections.--Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Geist's book is difficult to classify: halfway between a scholarly work and a popular book, it succeeds on both levels. There is plenty of substantive information on moose behavior and biology--adequate to support a paper for an undergraduate course in vertebrate zoology, for example--but the photographs by Michael Francis may be the most compelling aspect. The index is no more than adequate. In at least one instance, duplicate captions are given for separate photos. For those libraries supporting active research in moose biology and behavior, Ecology and Management of the North American Moose, compiled and ed. by Albert W. Franzmann and Charles C. Schwartz (1997), is a much more detailed and informative work, and a must buy. For those considering Geist's book simply in order to have some coverage of the topic in their collection, Bill Silliker's Moose: Giant of the Northern Forest (CH, Jan'99) may warrant consideration. It too is a photographic tour de force, at about half the price, but provides much less information on behavior and biology. Geist's book is recommended for all four-year colleges, and it is a worthy addition in support of relevant graduate programs as well. General readers; upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. J. Nabe; SUNY at Stony Brook