Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion.
Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded. The lion was three years old, with a DNA trail embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey eventually passing within thirty miles of New York City. It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America, by a barely weaned teenager venturing solo through hostile terrain.
William Stolzenburg retraces his two-year journey - from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast. Along the way, the lion traverses lands with people gunning for his kind, as well as those championing his cause.
Heart of a Lion is a story of one heroic creature pitting instinct against towering odds, coming home to a society deeply divided over his return. It is a testament to the resilience of nature, and a test of humanity's willingness to live again beside the ultimate symbol of wildness.
Eye opening, heart breaking, terrifying human culture that so judges living creatures solely from a human Center of the world view . the The lions ecology is as awesome and powerful as the are. Its a page turner and Will created a story that you both wonder and fear what next befalls this species. He eloquently brings the reader to understanding the problem and rooting for the lions. A must read for anyone interested in the environment or conservation biology parts a painful to read, but keep at it as he masterfully weaves this real story. Reading the book reignited my passion to get involved and try do to something. I realized why I started my career in the wildlife biology career
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Definitely recommend for those wanting to understand more about the population biology and natural history of one of the most widely distributed mammals in the world. Tales of fierce predatory behavior punctuate this cat's true nature and malign it with those who need to share space with it. This book is a genuine compilation of accurate information about an elusive and successful wild predator, one we should be working diligently to protect and restore to its once grand status in the Americas.
As a 25 year resident of South Dakota's Black Hills I was amazed to hear the story of the mountain lion and his journey across America. I would see 2-3 cats a year on my daily walks - they were majestic and beautiful - always quietly retreating away once discovered. This is a story worth hearing.
I'm sure plenty of readers will disregard this as another piece of left wing propaganda. Science has become politically charged and America in general prefers ignorance to informed decision making.