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Biology and Ecology of Venomous Stingrays

This comprehensive book provides first-hand information on the diversity, biology, and ecology of venomous stingrays of freshwater, brackish, and marine ecosystems. Each year thousands of injuries to swimmers and surfers are reported, with 750 to 1,500 stingray injuries reported each year in the US alone. As more vacationers spend their leisure time exploring coasts and tropical reefs, often in isolated areas without immediate access...

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Explosives Detection Canines and Homeland Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a multilayered system composed of people, processes, and technology to protect the nation’s transportation systems. One of TSA’s security layers is comprised of nearly 800 deployed explosives detection canine teams—a canine paired with a handler. These teams include passenger screening canine (PSC) teams trained to detect explosives on passengers and conventional canine...

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Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases

Pork is consumed more than any other meat worldwide, and there are numerous other products made with ingredients from pigs, including medical products, such as insulin to treat diabetes. The United States is the world’s third-largest producer of pork products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that U.S. pork exports in 2014 were valued at over $6 billion. Two lethal, highly contagious diseases in pigs emerged in the...

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A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac

Like that earlier grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods when the aspens are smoky gold. Here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt through its end in the snows of January, Parman follows his dog through the changing trees and foliage, thrills to the sudden flush of beating wings, and holds a bird in hand, thankful for the meal it will provide. Distilling twenty seasons of gr...

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Puppies For Dummies

Features a new 8-page color section The bestselling guide to making the most of puppy's first year Bringing home a puppy? This fun, friendly guide to puppyhood prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From the basics -- housebreaking, feeding, training -- to the latest on doggie day care, traveling with a puppy, and the new designer breeds, you get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, playful, well-ma...

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Horses For Dummies

Features new full-color photos and online resources Train, care for, and have fun with your horse If you're crazy about horses, this hands-on guide is all you needto giddy up and go. Featuring updates on breeds, boarding,nutrition, equipment, training, and riding, as well as newinformation on various equine conditions, this resource shows youhow to keep your horse happy - and take your riding skills to thenext level. Discover how to ...

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Equine Nutrition and Feeding

Equine Nutrition and Feeding has become the standard work on the subject, covering every aspect of the nutrition of breeding, growing and working horses, describing the basis upon which scientifically derived conclusions for nutrition and dietary requirements are reached. Following the last edition in 1998, the book has been extensively updated, revised and rewritten with reference to well over 400 papers that have been published sin...

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Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life

Bestselling author Michael Korda's Horse People is the story -- sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes sad and moving, always shrewdly observed -- of a lifetime love affair with horses, and of the bonds that have linked humans with horses for more than ten thousand years. It is filled with intimate portraits of the kind of people, rich or poor, Eastern or Western, famous or humble, whose lives continue to revolve around the horse. Ko...

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Endangered Species: A Reference Handbook

A detailed exploration of the variety of threats that endangered species are facing around the world, whether they are due to human impact or so-called natural causes. • Includes a Perspectives chapter that allows for voices to be heard from many individuals who are concerned with endangered species • Serves general readers who wants to learn more about the history and current events concerning endangered species in an easy-to-unders...

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Performing Animals : History, Agency, Theater

From bears on the Renaissance stage to the equine pageantry of the nineteenth-century hunt, animals have been used in human-orchestrated entertainments throughout history. The essays in this volume present an array of case studies that inspire new ways of interpreting animal performance and the role of animal agency in the performing relationship. In exploring the human-animal relationship from the early modern period to the nineteen...