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Fifty Miles Outside Of Rome Live The Rarest Grizzlies On EarthIn Italian, There Is No Word For Wilderness Yet In The Mountains Of Italy, Brown Bears Not Only Exist, They Are Fighting To Survive Amid Encroaching Development, Local And International Politics, And The Mafia This Meticulously Researched And Eye Opening Book Tells The Incredible Stories Of Two Special Populations Of Bears In Italy One The Last Vestige Of A Former Time That Persists Against All Odds, The Other A Great Experiment In Rewilding That, If Successful, Promises To Change How We See Not Only Italy But All Of EuropeThe Abruzzo Bears Of Central Italy Have Survived Amid One Of The Oldest Civilizations On Earth But Now, With Numbers Estimated At As Low As Fifty Individuals, They Face A Critical Future As Multiple Forces, From Farmers To The Mob, Collide Within Their Territory The Slovenian Bears Of Northern Italy, Brought To The Alps At The Turn Of The Century, Have Sparked Controversy Among Local And International Interests Alike The Stories Of These Bears Take Readers On A Spectacular Journey Across Italy, Where We Come Face To Face Not Only With These Fascinating Species But With Embattled Park Directors, Heroic Environmentalists, Innovative Scientists, And A Public That Is Coming To Terms With The Importance Of Italy S Rich Natural HistoryAward Winning Author Roger Thompson Has Traveled Throughout Italy Documenting The History And Current Crises Of These Bears, And The Result Is An Engaging And In Depth Examination That Resonates Across All Endangered Species And Offers Invaluable Insights Into The Ever Evolving Relationships Between Human And Non Human Animals In A Rapidly Changing World


10 thoughts on “No Word for Wilderness

  1. says:

    This outsider s overview of Italy s brown bears is not easy to read, because of the frequent descriptions of mauled and dead animals, assassination attempts, animals tortured by Mafia as threat demonstration, and so on As human habitation encroaches further on wild zones, large animals are squeezed Starting with the descriptions of Italy s two resident populations, one on the spine of Italy s mountains the native bear, and one in the Alps a transplanted Slovenian bear, we re swiftly off to Germany via the Austrian Alps Here a she bear had discovered easy living in human rubbish and rabbit cages, and showed her two cubs the good life They copied her of course and one in particular became a threat to any random house or livestock, killing without even eating This was in 2006 during a football World Cup in Germany Finnish dog trackers came to find him in the wilderness but the dogs were not adapted to heat and became exhausted I was interested to hear that cattle had formed a defensive wall to keep the bear out the wild white Chillinghurst cattle still do this when scared, because nobody has told them there are no longer bears, lynx or wolves in England Moving on to a National Park director accused of appropriating finances to his own ends, and in the context of Berlusconi hardly surprising if true but eagerly seized upon by media and opponents Next to a bitter chapter about Mafia and Cosa Nostra, who want to make money from cattle by grazing them on National Parks Cue the attempt to assassinate their main opponent In between we get information about Latin names for species and subspecies, what bears eat mainly berries if they can get them and honey During a lecture a few years ago I was shown a high stone wall built up around the beehives to keep bears out, in Spain I was told that the tradition persisted in areas where there are no longer bears, but where the bears now are, the people don t have the tradition of protecting the hives I expect people can learn WikiLeaks released cables including the discussion over the World Cup time bear showing that diplomats and policy are involved, not just park proponents and nature scientists My e ARC does not have photos, which would help a lot References given on P 150 158 I counted four names which I could be sure were female Many sources were from media reports I downloaded an e ARC from Net Galley This is an unbiased review.


  2. says:

    This is a fantastic nonfiction book that reads like a thriller novel I am really impressed with Roger Thompson s writing throughout Sharp, vivid, evocative writing with interwoven research and poignant and compelling descriptions.


  3. says:

    The title of this book refers to the fact that there is no word for wilderness in Italian According to the author, in Italy, national parks are not the big deal that they are in other parts of the world The locals don t go visit them often So, when something threatens the existence of the last bears there, people are not familiar with them One bear made himself known though The author tells the story of Bruno, a bear who wreaked havoc during a major sports event This bear killed sheep and didn t eat them all, upsetting plenty of farmers The bear ended up in Germany, where it was killed The story was known internationally The other bears live quietly in the mountains and go about their lives in relative secret There are estimates of as few as 40 of the brown bears left They are called the Abruzzo bears after their location But many threats to their continued survival exist Not much is known about them since they have not been studied in depth There are lots of politics involved, including the appointment of the supervisors of the various parks Plus, oddly enough, the Mafia is involved in cattle ranching, which poses another threat to the bears habitat since they are keeping the cattle in the parks This is allowed under Italian law, so the bears are not in a good position One scientist wants to clone the bears and other endangered species His technique looks promising, as shown in the book But, is that the best solution This is primarily a book about the various threats to the continued existence of these bears It does not seem to be intended to be a thorough life history account of the Abruzzo bears It s about what is happening to them and what is being done at the moment The book is a good introduction to the bears and what challenges they face Will it be enough to awaken an interest in preserving the last brown bears in Italy This book is a must read for conservationists or bear lovers There must be something that can be done to save the last of the bears before they go extinct.