We also learn of something called a “fecal harness,” a contraption for collecting animal waste—”a type of feed bag in reverse.” The excreta of wildlife presents an enormous amount of information for questioning naturalists, the analysis of which has come a long way. In the bad old days, “if you wanted to know what a species was eating, you dug up a few hundred stomachs,” Roach writes. For example, a paper on Screech Owls from 1900, lists the contents within 255 owls. Roach writes that reading about all the murders left her exhausted and sad, but she also found it “vaguely festive” for her “Twelve Days of Christmas Style” presentation: “There were rats in 91 stomachs.. .100 had worms in the stomach,” and so on. .
This is just a mild example of some of the jokes that pissed me off – the ones that broke stories of animals being killed. I think for Roach, it may have been gallows humor, a way to lighten the moment for himself and the reader as well.
He’s clearly not rude. Take for example another scene that she could have milked for its comic value, but chose not to: She’s hanging out with Stewart Brake, a wildlife biologist in Colorado who works at the National Center for Wildlife Research (“Research” in Human- specializes in animal conflict. Branch of Wildlife Services, which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture,” explains Roach). She has learned that when there is edible waste, local bears are often attracted. However, the garbage can The eaters get used to humans, and bears that are familiar to people get into trouble. And trouble, often enough, means that the bears are “fatally removed.” Hence, aspen In 2013, when Roach sees a snaking bear climbing the stairs of a “swank mini-mall”, she learns that it’s not as funny as it looks: “Generally, I delight in the optical non-sequitur of a standing bear. In front of the Louis Vuitton boutique. This poor goober with the buretta on his muzzle, innocent and completely unaware of his possible fate, makes me want to cry. “
There is a lot of conflict in the management of wildlife conflict. As Roach points out, the brakes walk an unbelievable line. “There are old schoolgirls at Wildlife Services who hate her for rocking the boat,” she says, “and there are animal welfare activists who hate her for not rocking her enough.” Roach is primarily characterized by “services” provided to farmers and ranchers “who find it difficult to cut off their livelihoods to wildlife, and often take the form of killing that wildlife.” Brake’s job is to research non-lethal alternatives.