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In 1942 America fell in love with Bambi. But now, that love-affair has turned sour.  Behind the unassuming grace and majesty of America’s whitetail deer is the laundry list of human health, social, and ecological problems that they cause. They destroy crops, threaten motorists, and spread Lyme disease all across the United States. In Deerland, Al Cambronne travels across the country, speaking to everybody from frustrated farmers, to camo-clad hunters, to humble deer-enthusiasts in order to get a better grasp of the whitetail situation.  He discovers that the politics surrounding deer run surprisingly deep, with a burgeoning hunting infrastructure supported by state government and community businesses. Cambronne examines our history with the whitetail, pinpoints where our ecological problems began, and outlines the environmental disasters we can expect if our deer population continues to go unchecked.



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Al Cambronne

Al Cambronne is author of DEERLAND: America's Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness. Deer play a far larger role in the environment and in American culture than most of us realize, and in DEERLAND Cambronne tells twisted true tales of love, obsession, and consequences. Many of those unintended consequences are ecological; the impacts of overabundant deer invariably echo and reverberate through entire ecoystems until they've affected every plant, animal, and bird in the forest.

In DEERLAND, Cambronne ventures afield with botanists, ecologists, frustrated farmers and foresters, overworked body shop owners, camo-clad hunters, and humble deer enthusiasts. Along the way he gives readers an insider's tour of America's deer-industrial complex--and makes a convincing case that yes, there really is such a thing. Cambronne examines our history with whitetails, pinpoints where our ecological problems began, and asks tough questions about what it will take to restore the balance we've disrupted.

Cambronne's first book, co-authored with Eric Fromm, was Gut It. Cut It. Cook It.: The Deer Hunter's Guide to Processing and Preparing Venison (Krause, 2009) . He's also written for Canoe & Kayak, Cooking Wild, Deer & Deer Hunting, Meatpaper, Sierra, and The Washington Post. He lives with his wife in northern Wisconsin.

You can visit Al at www.alcambronne.com and follow him on Twitter at @AlCambronne.



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