Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther (Original)


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Hanover Square Press
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6.2 X 1.1 X 9.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Craig Pittman is a native Floridian and an award-winning journalist. He wrote for the Tampa Bay Times for 30 years and now writes for the Florida Phoenix. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country; Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther; and The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid. He is cohost of the Welcome to Florida podcast. Pittman was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Book Festival in 2020.


"In this delightful blend of scientific writing and good old-fashioned muckraking, award-winning journalist Pittman pens the absorbing tale of how the Florida panther was brought back from near-extinction. ... The ups-and-downs in this tale of survival, coupled with the charisma of the panther, make Pittman's 'cat tale' hard to put down."
--Booklist (starred review)

"With a mixture of science, politics, personalities and the Endangered Species Act, Craig Pittman weaves an intriguing story, following the efforts to recover the Florida Panther from extinction. This captivating book builds a story around the science and touched on my own experiences with defending cougars and wolves. It drew me in with its humor, frustrated me with all the bureaucracy and forcefully presented a path for those who care to join and fight back before it's too late." --Jim Dutcher, coauthor of The Wisdom of Wolves

"Craig Pittman has a remarkable talent for telling stories set in the Sunshine State that never fail to fascinate and entertain. Sure, Cat Tale has plenty of laughs and Florida weirdness, but Pittman has written a truly inspirational story about the panther's brush with extinction, and the human beings who were determined to save the species. You won't be able to put Cat Tale down." --Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning, Devil in the Grove

"A fun, informative, and engaging read, Cat Fight is the definitive book on one of America's least understood apex predators. The story of how Florida's panthers were saved from extinction is one that both deserves and needs to be told." --Dane Huckelbridge, author of No Beast So Fierce

"In this era of bleak environmental news, Craig Pittman's Cat Tale comes as a witty and passionate reminder that nature is robust--it wants to live!--and that we humans, with concerted effort, a wariness of cynicism and profiteering, and a certain ability to roll with frustration, can do a great deal to reverse the course we're on." --Lauren Groff, author of Florida

"Expertly navigating the wild lands and political jungle of Florida, the preeminent environmental journalist Craig Pittman reaches out and grabs his reader like a panther. And you grab back. The story--sobering and stirring, mottled with irony and bits of humor--is too good to let go." --Jack E. Davis, author of The Gulf

"A bright, intriguing story of people and panthers with strong appeal for readers interested in endangered species." -Kirkus Reviews

"With clarity, insight, and heartfelt concern, Pittman effectively sheds light on conservation efforts in Florida for its official state animal."
--Publishers Weekly

"[A] fascinating, page-turning account...[this] ultimately hopeful, exploration of how the Florida panther recovered against the odds will appeal to those who enjoy reading about wildlife and endangered species." -Library Journal

"Cat Tale is a prime study of excellence in environmental reporting and the ability to tell a compelling story to a wide audience." -SE Journal

"A standout in the field of environmental writing...Cat Tale shows us Pittman at his best: passionate, earnest and sincere about our state, balancing his love for Florida with his need to tell us the truth about our failures." -Creative Loafing

"[A] Remarkable work of longform reporting." -The Revelator

"As in all good books, Cat Tale contains drama and an assortment of heroes and villains." -Sarasota Magazine

"Environmental storylines that don't end in gloom are their own kind of endangered species these days, which is just one of the pleasantly oddball aspects of Cat Tale. ... It's a punchy, riveting story." --Garden & Gun

"Any fan of big cats will find in his pages an education, and a pleasure." -Tampa Bay Times

"With clarity, insight and heartfelt concern, Pittman effectively sheds light on Florida's conservation efforts for its official state animal." -Jacksonville Journal Courier