• At Querencia, Steve Bodio heralds the publication of John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.
• More Southern Rockies bloggers are reporting a great mushroom year--Peculiar even channels Chaucer.
Its protagonists are a single huge tiger, a ragged bunch of drunken poachers, and a patrol of anti-poaching rangers dedicated to protecting tigers over a huge area, with no money and inadequate tools. The beginning, as an unnamed hunter and his dog approach a dark cabin on a freezing evening, is a masterpiece of tension and quiet terror; the ending is utterly cinematic but real (the book is based on over 200 interviews).
• The Atomic Nerds buy dead critters from their dog. I had to do something similar yesterday with Fisher.
• After a black bear sow smacked one of my scout cameras in June, I sent the damaged camera to camera-trapping biologist Chris Wemmer in northern California, whose students conducted a proper postmortem on it.