I’m always a fan of Mary Roach’s books. Her research, her development, and her side remarks always draw me in. I think we have a similar mentally when it comes to some experiences, it is always funny to see thoughts expressed by the author.

Although this book took a turn I didn’t expect. I’m a big title and subtitle reader to choose my books. And in this case, the books that were chosen to grace the shelves of our high school library. Fuzz was one of the new additions, I scooped up the opportunity to add it to my reading shelf.

Reading the subtitle – when animals break the law – I though t it would cover some of the weird and strange animal laws that exist. I have had many opportunities to discuss these human imposed laws on animals. I always wonder who enforces these – who takes the moose to jail when they don’t cooperate with what humans perceive as inappropriate.

But this book went in a different direction focusing on how animals live amongst our encroaching civilizations. I appreciated the chapters about bears and could imagine myself as a fly on the wall as the animals carried out their life just trying to co-exist and find foot. I also appreciate the behavioral analysis learned through the rangers and other experts.

Also, fun is the look of animal activities around the world. The way different countries view animal migration and co-habitat. I will say as a parent the big cat issues in India made me appreciative of the limited (different) fears I have where I live.

As a teacher, I could certainly see using some of the stories in either a biology/ecology course or in an environmental course. There would some good potential investigation and problem solving storylines. Students perhaps trying to develop ways to protect human infrastructure while minimizing our impact on the animals that are adjusting to life amongst us. Whether it’s improving bear-proof garbage containers that humans actually use to rodent relocation plans (if we ignore that animals will return to the easy access even when moved to another area).

Definitely a fun and intriguing read for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge of animal interactions with humans around the world – not to mention understand the people whose career it is to try and manage the animals (more human animals than the wild kind in many cases).

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Winter Reading Review: Fuzz by Mary Roach

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