Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat

Smith, Bruce L.

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A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat. Num Pages: 192 pages, NO. BIC Classification: WN. Dimension: 313 x 237 x 19. Weight in Grams: 1220. . 2014. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The American mountain goat is one of the most elusive and least familiar species of hoofed mammals in North America. Confined to the remote and rugged mountains of the western United States and Canada, these extraordinary mountaineers are seldom seen or encountered, even by those who patiently study them. Life on the Rocks offers an intimate portrayal of this remarkable animal through the eyes and lens of field biologist and photographer Bruce Smith.Color photographs and accounts of Smith's personal experiences living in Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area accompany descriptions of the American mountain goat's natural history. Smith explores their treacherous habitat, which spans the perilous cliffs and crags of the Rocky, Cascade, and Coast mountain ranges. The physical and behavioral adaptations of these alpine athletes enable them to survive a host of dangers, including six-month-long winters, scarce food sources, thunderous avalanches, social strife, and predators like wolves, bears, lions, wolverines, and eagles. Smith also details the challenges these animals face as their territory is threatened by expanding motorized access, industrial activities, and a warming climate.

Life on the Rocks
showcases the elegance and charm of this little-known creature, thriving in some of North America's harshest wilderness. Smith's volume will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, wildland travelers, and conservationists interested in the future of the American mountain goat.

Winner of two National Outdoor Book Awards in the Nature & Environment and Design & Artistic Merit categories.

From the Author: In a large, hard cover format are dozens of color photographs of my favorite mammal, the mountain goat, and other unique animals and panoramas of the West's alpine zone.  These images are accompanied by a readable narrative describing our mountain goat, an evolutionary novelty that roams the high country of the Rockies, Cascades, and Coast ranges of North America.  In addition to a natural history primer interwoven with many personal stories from my 15 years of photographing and studying the shaggy cliff-walker, the book explains the conservation challenges facing the mountain goat and other alpine species.

Life on the Rocks won 2 National Outdoor Book Awards in the 2014 literary competiton. 

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