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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller
#1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
#1 Indie Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller

Join “America’s funniest science writer” (Peter Carlson, Washington Post), Mary Roach, on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days, as New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.

Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller blasters. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque.

Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to “problem” wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem―and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.

12 illustrations


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An Amazon Best Book of the Month NonfictionAn Amazon Best Book of the Month Nonfiction

From the best-selling author of Gulp and Stiff. "America's Funniest Science Writer"From the best-selling author of Gulp and Stiff. "America's Funniest Science Writer"

Mary Roach is Back on an irresistible investigation into the world where wildlife and humans meet.Mary Roach is Back on an irresistible investigation into the world where wildlife and humans meet.

Publisher‏:‎W. W. Norton & Company (September 14, 2021)
Language‏:‎English
Hardcover‏:‎320 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎1324001933
ISBN-13‏:‎978-1324001935
Item Weight‏:‎1.06 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches

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