AMERICAN LIONS AND CATS by B.F. eebe

AMERICAN LIONS AND CATS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Can you hunt it? Will it hunt you? Can you tame it? What does it eat? These questions and many more about American game cats are anticipated by the experienced author and carefully answered in short chapters. Five cats -- jaguar, obcat, lynx, eyra and cougar-- are reported on and the information goes from the nature of the beast in the wild state to its diet at the zoo. Newspaper accounts of amous hunts, the occasional depredations of the bigger cats and stories of cat/man encounters -- some gory, some frolicsome -- bolster the nature information at almost every point. The book sells nothing and tells all. The conservation minded will find as much of interest and import as the potential hunter. The simply curious will satisfied as well as entertained, for the book is well written and organized in such a way that there is room for the odd facts along with the major ones. For instance, what is the cougar's biggest problem in captivity? -- The tips of their tuftless tails go bald beating against the concrete walls of their cages. Ask us another, quick.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1963
Publisher: McKay