Heart And Blood

Heart And Blood

Living With Deer In America

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the physiology of deer, and describes how they have had to adapt to man's encroachment on their natural environments in varied parts of the United States

Book News
Cultural anthropologist Nelson looks at the ways in which people live with deer in the US. He addresses recent conflicts over deer in the suburbs, nature preserves, farmlands, and ranch country, as well as debates about plans to control, reduce, or limit the number of deer, and controversies over hunting. He also discusses the physiology of the deer, its grazing habits, and its role in traditional Native American life. He includes a bibliographic essay and a resource list. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America begins with the author tracking a deer on a remote island off the Alaskan coast. From there he takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey, visiting such disparate territories of the deer as a hunting ranch in Texas; a state park in California; a Wisconsin forest on opening day of the hunting season; Fire Island, New York; and the suburbs of Denver - where the deer have become so numerous that they pose hazards to landscape, motorist, and pedestrian alike.
Nelson examines the physiology of the deer, explaining how its unique digestive system and grazing habits have enabled it to thrive in the varied environments of the United States, whether wild, suburban, or urban. He investigates the different methods of controlling the deer's skyrocketing numbers, from the more "humane" methods of relocation and sterilization, to hunting - in all its forms. Nelson also explores the role of the deer in traditional Native American life, takes us with him on a hunt, and awes us as he witnesses the birth of a fawn - an event rarely seen by humans.

& Taylor

A cultural anthropologist and naturalist offers an evocative, intensely personal study of humankind's complex relationship with deer, examining the animal's vast and diverse range and its role in nature and in the human environment. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: 1997 New York Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780679405221
Characteristics: 389p


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