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Wolves and Human Communities : Biology, Politics, and Ethics - Virginia Sharpe

Wolves and Human Communities

Biology, Politics, and Ethics

By: Virginia Sharpe (Editor), Bryan G. Norton (Editor), Strachan Donnelley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9781559638296
Number Of Pages: 280

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Like wolf restoration activities in the West, the proposal to reintroduce wolves into the Adirondacks has generated intense public debate. The idea of returning top predators to settled landscapes raises complicated questions on issues ranging from property rights to wildlife management to obligations to present and future generations.Wolves and Human Communities brings together leading thinkers and writers from diverse fields -- including Timothy Clark, Daniel Kemmis, L. David Mech, Mary Midgley, Ernest Partridge, Steward T.A. Pickett, Joseph Sax, Rodger Schlickeisen, and others -- to address the complex ethical, biological, legal, and political concerns surrounding wolf reintroduction. Contributors specifically explore the social, cultural, and ecological values that come into play in the debate, as they examine: the views of stakeholders in the Adirondack decision historical trends in public perception of restoration the legal and policy context for species preservation, and the challenges to the current system of property law biological and political lessons learned from Yellowstone, Isle Royale, and the Great Lakes states the meaning of wildness, both in ourselves and the wolf The final chapter by Niles Eldredge takes the point of view of evolutionary time and ecological scale, challenging us to develop a new consciousness regarding our position in the natural world.Wolves and Human Communities offers a thought-provoking examination of interactions between human and wild communities, and represents an important contribution to debates over species reintroduction for policymakers, researchers, ecologists, sociologists, lawyers, ethicists, philosophers, and local residents.

Introductionp. 1
Place and Process: Political and Policy Perspectives on Wolf Restorationp. 7
Wolves as Bioregional Sovereignsp. 9
Wolf Restoration to the Adirondacks: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Participation in the Decisionp. 13
Wolf Restoration in the Adirondacks: The Perspective of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservationp. 23
Voice: The Interests and Concerns of Stakeholdersp. 33
Wolves in the Adirondacks? Perspectives from the Heart of the Adirondack Parkp. 39
The Two-Leggeds and the Four-Leggedsp. 47
Facilitating Citizen Participation in Adirondack Wolf Recoveryp. 51
Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Wolf Reintroductionp. 61
In Wolves' Clothing: Restoration and the Challenge to Stewardshipp. 75
Precedents and Antecedents in Law and Regulationp. 93
Tracking a New Relationship: The Wolf in New York Lawp. 97
Legal and Policy Challenges of Environmental Restorationp. 109
Lessons Learned and Appliedp. 129
Lessons from Wolf Restoration in Greater Yellowstonep. 135
Wolves as Top Carnivores: New Faces in New Placesp. 151
Reintroduction: Inspired Policy or Poor Conservation?p. 161
Wildness: The Wolf, the Human, and the Meaning or Responsibilityp. 175
The Problem of Living with Wildnessp. 179
Leopold's Wildness: Can Humans and Wolves Be at Home in the Adirondacks?p. 191
The Tonic of Wildnessp. 199
Thinking Like a Mountain: Philosophical Analyses of Long-Term Human Obligationsp. 209
What Do We Owe the Future? How Should We Decide?p. 213
Sustainability, Environmental Policy, and the Reintroduction of Wolvesp. 233
Consciousness: Ecological and Culturalp. 255
The Ecological Implications of Wolf Restoration: Contemporary Ecological Principles and Linkages with Social Processesp. 261
A Hard Sell: The Cultural-Ecological Context of Reintroducing Wolves to the Adirondacksp. 275
Referencesp. 285
About the Contributorsp. 303
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9781559638296
ISBN-10: 155963829X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st December 2000
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2

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