With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote.
As soon as Americans - especially white Americans - began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York's Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands down.
Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism.
An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn't just the story of an animal's survival - it is one of the great epics of our time.
©2016 Dan Flores (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I had heard of this book from Joe Rogan Podcast, and Steve Rinella's Meat Eater. The book was informative without being too dry and scholarly to digest. I truly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in Coyotes, hunting, and the origin of coyote folklore.
My intrigue about this book came from listening to the author's interview with Joe Rogan. As a great fan of Wiley Coyote, and having had several run-ins with coyotes throughout California, this book gave context to my mysterious fascination with them. It's a different kind of wisdom, and a non-linear logic that I really appreciate. The stories and factoids in Coyote America are remarkable, and I've already recommended this book to my trickster friends and family. A great read for long drives.
I approve of this audiobook. I basically listened to it due to the fact that there isn't a mammal alive that I dislike to the degree that I dislike canis latrans (still bitter about the loss of my childhood pets thanks to them) and I wanted to know more about them and hopefully develop some empathy. This book did that. Flores is a gifted author and audiobook reader a damned fine reader.
Very informative and produced history of the coyote with a good performance by the reader, recommend if you are a fan of natural history
The content was very engaging and interesting, but the information was presented in a somewhat disorderly fashion. I felt that the author jumped around a bit too much for a better rating, which took away from the enjoyment of the book. I commend the author however for the amount of information present in the book. He is clearly very engaged in the topic.
Subject of choice: History. Along with politics, business, and science.
Absolutely. I hear these creatures howl all summer on the golf course near my house. I rarely see them. This books gives great insights into why Coyotes are in your backyard, and why you do not need to fear them (so long as you keep Fluffy inside). The books makes the case that Coyotes are a great American animal that should be cherished; a resilient animal that we should respect. For the most part it succeeds in making this case. I didn't give it a full five stars because at points it gets a bit preachy. It takes a stance on the side of environmentalists in the fight against ranchers of coyotes- a stance I tend to agree with, but also find a bit more nuanced than Flores may let on. Still, this book is informative and worth the listen. I am new to the idea of "Natural History" books and cannot wait to read more of them.
I got through it in two long car rides. I could see someone powering through this in a day.
Really interesting history and biological discussion of the American Coyote. I enjoyed most this book, except for the political and heavy handed biometric bits. I'm a deer hunter, and would never shoot a coyote unless from necessity. I enjoy watching them through my binoculars and have almost no fear of them, but they are also animals and the author almost anthropomorphizes them on several occasions. All in all, I would recommend as a good book on an intern overlooked part of Americana.
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