The Age of Deer by Erika Howsare

Staff Pick

Perhaps the most common complaint about deer is that there are “too many,” but how many should there be? Few people realize that the North American deer population was all but wiped out by the end of the 19th century, so the herds currently bedeviling cities and suburbs aren’t the product of a long natural habitation but were put there deliberately by—us. This is just one of innumerable lenses Howsare turns on the human-deer relationship in this probing, wide-ranging, and timely book. She traces our interactions with deer through myths, history, and art—from buckskin to Bambi; follows today’s hunters and learns how trophies are scored; examines the pros, cons, and means of culling “excess” deer”; counts roadkill and watches what happens to it—all while trying to make sense of our dual instinct both to cherish deer and kill them.

The Age of Deer: Trouble and Kinship with our Wild Neighbors By Erika Howsare Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221349
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Published: Catapult - January 2nd, 2024