Forest Cats of North America
Forest Cats of North America

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Reprint edition
Author Statement: Jerry Kobalenko ; photography by Thomas Kitchen and Victoria Hurst
Audience: Trade
Specs: 80 color photographs, maps, recommended reading, index
Pages: 128
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11" x 1/4"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20050205
Copyright Year: 1997
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Forest Cats of North America

Well-illustrated by color photographs the book provides a detailed description of panthers, cougars, lynxes and bobcats in North America. Includes range maps, fact files, scientific and common names, subspecies, physical traits, diet, life span and more.

Superb pictorial of big cats.

Big cats are efficient predators that once roamed from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, they are confined to scattered, remote habitats.

Forest Cats of North America is an intensive look at panthers, cougars, lynxes and bobcats, describing each species in detail. Range maps identify where the cats live and fact files feature scientific and common names, number of subspecies, physical traits, diet, life span and more. Spectacular color photographs capture these cats as they stalk, hunt and raise their young.

The fascinating evolution of big cats is covered including the differences between North American and African cats and how the cougar may well be the ancestor of the cheetah.

Forest Cats of North America is a lively, informative introduction to the continent's most elusive predators.


Jerry Kobalenko has logged 4,000 miles on foot over the course of twenty-five wildlife expeditions. His writing and photography appear around the world in such publications as Outside, National Geographic, Adventure and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Banff, Alberta.

Wildlife photographers Thomas Kitchin and Victoria Hurst live in Nova Scotia. Their work has appeared in nature, news and general-interest publications including Field and Stream, National Wildlife, Newsweek, Reader's Digest and Time.



  1. The Legend, The Survivor and the Introvert

    • The Legend: The Cougar
    • Cougar Science
    • The Kitten and the Killer
    • The Survivor: The Bobcat
    • Forever Rivals
    • Facts and Fantasies
    • The Introvert: The Lynx

  2. Bones of Contention

    • The Two "C's"
    • The Chicken or the Egg?

  3. On the Prowl

    • Feast or Famine
    • A Dangerous Profession
    • The Predator-in-Chief
    • Misunderstandings
    • The Lynx and the Hare: A Classic Cycle Revisited
    • Snapping the Cycle
    • The Cycling Bobcat?
    • Two Kills Witnessed

  4. Brief Encounters

  5. Man and Cat

    • First Contact
    • The Furred Demon
    • The Crime of Crimes
    • Grand Attack Central

  6. Two Modern Cat Tales

    • Florida Panther: The Glamour Puss
    • The Old Florida
    • Clones
    • Eastern Cougar: A UFO With Paws
    • The Case Against
    • The Case For

  7. Feline Futures

    • Acknowledgments
    • Sources
    • Index

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