The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
Amazon wore me down. They kept advertising this one, and I liked the cover art. LOL I just started it. I loved the scene introducing the main character. He is a computational biologist, who becomes involved in the search for a killer in the wild; one the authorities are convinced is a rogue grizzly.
So I started reading this book Monday night. Then on the commute on Tuesday I hear a story on the radio. It seems that in Sweden, a mere twenty-five years or so of more strictly regulating the hunting of mother bears with cubs is turning female brown bears into helicopter moms. "The hunting is filtering out the females that keep their young for a smaller amount of time."
I kept thinking that twenty-five years is a nanosecond of evolution to create a measurable change in behavior. And then I thought that the study cited in the article seemed like exactly the kind of study the main character in my book might undertake.
This is the kind of deep thoughts I have when commuting. LOL