‘Nature Wars’ Author to Speak August 7th in Ellsworth, Maine

"Nature Wars" by Jim Sterba

Author Jim Sterba will speak about the growing conflicts between wildlife and people on August 7th at 7 p.m., at the Ellsworth Public Library, Riverview Room, at 20 State St., Ellsworth, Maine. Free admission and light refreshments.

A longtime Wall Street Journal reporter, Sterba gives a wry and humorous take on a serious topic. His meticulously researched book, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds documents how:

  • Centuries of wildlife and forest destruction were reversed so successfully by 20th Century conservationists that today people are fighting over whether we have too much of a good thing, and if so, what to do or not to do about it.
  • It is highly likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals and trees in the eastern United States than anywhere in the world at any time in history. Mitigating human-wildlife conflicts is becoming an increasingly contentious task as these conflicts mount.

For instance, how should we stop Canada geese from fouling our children’s soccer fields? How can we reduce ‘awkward’ grizzly bear encounters with residents and recreationists in the mountainous West and black bear conflicts in the East?

What does one do if beavers are flooding your driveway, or coyotes are snatching your pets? How do you stop overabundant white-tailed deer from destroying forests? The traditional answer is to hunt and kill them. But using the K word is anathema in many suburbs with too many deer. So a consultant Sterba knows recommends “a systematic program of human-directed mortality”!

Jim Sterba is a summer resident of Mt. Desert and also author of Frankie’s Place: A Love Story, about living on Somes Sound with his wife, author Frances FitzGerald.

This event is sponsored by the Vital Ground Foundation a 501(c)3 land trust. Founded 28 years ago, Vital Ground members from every state—including Maine—support its quest to help the West co-exist safely with its surviving grizzly bears. See why at www.vitalground.org .

For more information contact:

Sally Smyth sos@wildlifecorridors.com 207-236-6782 or

Jim Sterba jim.sterba@gmail.com 646-874-1251

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