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Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park (with an Epilogue by the Author) Paperback – December 17, 1987
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Chase first documents the destruction of the Northern Range. The Park Service helped eliminate wolves and favored bison and elk. This harmed not only other ungulates (bighorn sheep, deer, moose) but also beavers and beaver dam communities. He gives little attention to the rest of the park, such as the Thorofare or Belcher regions, or even Yellowstone Lake. He's also focused almost exclusively on mammals, though research since the 1970s also documents effects on songbirds, amphibians, invertebrates, and others.
This destruction stems from the Park Service itself. Yellowstone is managed by a misguided, unprofessional agency staffed by law enforcement rangers. These rangers know nothing of science and do not care to learn more. Research always yields to visitor protection, and science makes up only two percent of the budget.
Chase argues that Park Service policy is supported by environmentalists. Because of a mistaken ideology of preservation that excludes humans from the natural world, the environmentalists want a hands-off approach. This approach, Chase insists, neglects the ubiquitous human impact on nature throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area. However, this part of the argument rests much more on Chase's particular values than on any science or social science, and is the part of the book most amenable to criticism.
The book's greatest strength is its critique of the park bureaucracy.Read more ›
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This is a very interesting read. I was surprised just how blind people can voluntarily be. The park administration failed over and over to to do the right thing.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
How can so many 'experts' in their fields be so dumb? We have many clever wildlife biologists and wildlife managers but as soon as they settle into a snug bureaucracy they take on... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Murray D
As sad as it is, this was a very truthful expose on how the National Park Service has systematically killed bears, wolves, coyotes etc... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Struan
I've worked in the Yellowstone area for 11 seasons and reading this book gave me greater understanding of what is going on with the parks flora and fauna. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Baehr
Yellowstone is a large place with an interesting history and a bizarre geology. Amazing what most of us don't know about the park -get it!Published on May 9, 2013 by Robert A. Baker
Alston Chase is also the author of In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology, etc. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Steven H Propp
"Playing God in Yellowstone" by Alston Chase is a scathing indictment of the National Park Service, detailing its many misguided attempts to preserve wildlife while making... Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by Swami B