Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Because We All Like A Mystery As Well As Need To Learn More About Our Wildlife
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Up-dated 2013 edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.
The summation of over 40 years research reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.
The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail as are other "cryptozoological" mysteries such as the 1905 Badminton sheep-slayer, Mystery Canids of Cavan, Wolves of Epping Forest and more.