COYOTES, TRAPPERS, SHEEPHERDERS AND URBANITES
WHAT SOME READERS SAY
“The melodious yapping of a coyote at daybreak
sometimes causes fear, sometimes great elation, and often sets the
stage for mystery, a mystery that has long been played by both man
and predator. Professional wildlife biologist and philosopher, Dr.
Frank Turkowski in his new book, explores through personal
experiences the intricacies, informative and entertaining, the
relationship between Coyotes, Trappers, Sheepherders and Urbanites.
Plainly put, a must read!”
Larry Weishuhn, Professional Wildlife Biologist,
Outdoor Writer and Outdoor Television Host
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"I enjoyed your book; especially, from the
prospective of history of rural
and its culture. For decades
has depended on the Agricultural Industry to feed the Nation. Animal
Damage Control is and was a vital, integral part; this book
documents that important role.
Your book is great reading for anyone who remembers
with nostalgia, a time when hunting and trapping values were a
respected part of life and our culture. At that time or era, a good
control agent was treated with as much respect and value as a good
Sincerely, L. Craig O’Gorman - [Fur Trapper,
Wildlife Author and Entrepreneur]
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Hi Frank – "I read your book and enjoyed it
with high anticipation of what you were going to be writing about in
the next paragraph. . . Anyway, I enjoyed your stories of trapping
and the people you met."
Dr. Jim Swafford – Emeritus Professor of Botany
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"The feelings author Frank Turkowski had plying
the remote deserts of the American Southwest were intense. He
experienced the inherent dangers from weather; geology; humans with
criminal intent; vehicle breakdown and accidents; poisonous plants
and snakes; thirst; and a horny, homely ranchers’ wife. Frank
successfully dodged all the obstacles and survived to write a great
book describing his life during his early years as a government
trapper. My recommendation—buy Coyotes, Trappers, Sheepherders,
and Urbanites—and take your time reading it. It is fun."
Dr. Major L. Boddicker Crit’R•Call
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"I am pleased that you took the time and
expense to document your experience and knowledge gained in your
PARC [U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Predator and Rodent
Control] employment. Most of the people we worked with either
couldn’t or wouldn’t put their knowledge in print. Long after
you and I are long gone, this account of yours will be around for
those who are interested in learning.
True dedicated trappers have one thing in common;
they never tire of learning or hearing of other’s experience.
This is why we attend conventions and rendezvous.
We attend gatherings to see demonstrations and to visit with
as many trappers as we can. When
you read this book, you will find experiences that will probably
never be repeated elsewhere.
cost of this book is a little more than what you will pay for other
trapper books available but when you hold in your hand the 400 pages
covering many years, you will know you have something special.
Just the time alone to assemble these writings is impressive.
book belongs in every trapper’s library.
When you buy this book you will know what I’m saying is
Monte M. Dodson –
S. Fish and Wildlife Service Predator and Rodent Control Supervisor
, and Oklahoma Districts.
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"This is an amazing book for sheep producers
interested in better understanding coyotes and other species
impeding sheep production in this country.
I can hardly put it down."
Tirrell, Sheep Raiser and Editor, Shepherd’s
News - Michigan Sheep Breeders Association.
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had many interesting times while working around sheep and with sheep
raisers and have a lot of fond memories as a result of these
sheep and other livestock from predators was always a challenge for
me and the ranchers. Frank
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about half way thru Coyotes Trappers Sheepherders and Urbanites by
Frank Turkowski Memoirs of a Wildlife Research Biologist and Former
Government Trapper. Stories
about coyotes, other predators, Animal Damage Control, outdoor life
and more. So far, I’ve
found it to be well written and a good read.
The guy seems to know where-of he speaks without being
braggadocios about it. Put
it on your X Mass list & let somebody else buy it for you.
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A DETAILED REVIEW
Coyotes, Trappers, Sheepherders and Urbanites
features the memoirs of Frank Turkowski, Ph.D., a former Government
Trapper and Wildlife Biologist, during the early years of his
career. As a young man, just out of college, the author worked at
controlling animal damage to livestock and crops. The book’s main
theme revolves around solving problems caused by various wildlife
species such as coyotes and bobcats that prey on livestock and
rodents that damage crops. The author’s work activities primarily
involved using traps and other animal damage control methods that he
describes in detail. Much of the text is devoted to his enjoyment of
nature and the outdoor life. While carrying out these duties for the
Predator and Rodent Control Branch of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Turkowski encountered ranchers, farmers, sheepherders,
Native Americans, animal rights activists and a variety of
interesting characters along the way. His workplace included
ranching and farming country, deserts, forests, and mountains. The
author’s adventures took him to
’s Grand Canyon Country, the
and Indian Reservations, among other places. He describes the
desert, other habitats and their animal and plant inhabitants with
In addition to describing his duties, the wildlife,
the land, and the people, the author discusses our attitudes toward
nature, agriculture and how we treat animals. Though the author’s
experiences took place mostly in former years, the content of the
400-page soft cover book presents insights into how we manage
wildlife and treat domestic animals today, and probably will in the
future. As many of us live in cities and remote from nature, there
is a conflict in attitudes between many urbanites, sportsmen and
agriculturalists regarding our use of domestic animals, wildlife and
the land. The author expresses his opinions about animal damage
control, wildlife management, hunting and trapping. His insights
into animal behavior and human nature are interesting. Even animal
rights activists will want to read the pages devoted to the
author’s discussion of how humans relate to other living things
and the planet.
Turkowski’s (Turk-cow-ski) view is that when it
comes to a conflict between animal rights and human rights, our
species should take priority. He also suggests that in our
relationships with animals, few of us are without sin. He reveals
how many people who condemn hunting, trapping and fishing and other
uses of animals, unintentionally contribute to animal deaths and
suffering themselves. For example, he points out that those of us
who love animals that have carnivorous pets cause the death of many
additional animals that must die to feed them. In addition, the
demand for pets with defective traits, inbreeding, and many other
practices create animals with a variety of physical and
psychological ailments. As a result, millions of pets are
sacrificed annually in animal shelters. He states
that we have rendered many domestic food animals that serve us into poor
examples of their wild counterparts. Thus, we have an obligation to
defend them not only against diseases but also against predators.
His opinions culminate in a plea for us all to stop condemning each
other for the way we use animals and the land, and to work together
to make human/animal interactions more humane when we can.
In his easy to read style the author also touches on
sharing campfire-cooked meals in the forest with Basque
sheepherders, working with cowboys and Indians, and how a newcomer
bachelor can find female companionship in a small town in a short
time. The book is peppered with landscape photos and no-frills
poetry about nature that is realistic and without sugar coating. The
book is the writer’s scientific, creative and artistic view of
nature seasoned by years of research, observations on animals and
world travel. For those who would consider the book on its literary
merits and format, it could be described as a terrestrial version of
the classic - Two Years Before The Mast. Overall, Coyotes,
Trappers, Sheepherders and Urbanites is interesting reading.