Coyote America

A new mock-up book cover, once again using a very old painting. I think I made the painting sometime around 2010, and can’t remember what happened to it, but I kept the scan, suspecting that one day it would come in handy. It has. Dan Flores is the real deal, a Professor Emeritus of the History of the American West at the University of Montana-Missoula, and the the author of ten books, including American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, and this one. His enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, and his ammo belt of anecdotes is never depleted, causing you to think again about something you thought you knew. I was already biased towards coyotes though, having grown up on Warner Bros’ cartoons and witnessing the indefatigable spirit of Wile E. Coyote. I’ve always regarded them as something between a fox and a wolf, melding the cunning and ingenuity of the former, with the power and majesty of the latter. The fact that coyotes, once hunted with the same genocidal vigour as wolves, are now living and thriving in every state in the USA, tells you something about their ability to adapt and survive. I think our species could learn a lot from them.

Dan Flores – Coyote: A Natural and Supernatural History

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