Local author explores role of deer in environment, cultureAl Cambronne, a freelance writer from Gordon, has written a new book on the role of deer in the environment and in American culture. Lyons Press released “Deerland: American’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness” on April 2.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Al Cambronne, a freelance writer from Gordon, has written a new book on the role of deer in the environment and in American culture. Lyons Press released “Deerland: American’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness” on April 2.
“We live in Deerland,” Cambronne said. “The U.S. is now home to 30 million hungry deer — 100 times more than were here a century ago. When we see all those deer out in the woods, most of us believe it’s a measure of the forest’s health. It is, but in exactly the opposite way we think. All across America, overabundant deer routinely devastate ecosystems and alter entire landscapes. Deerland traces the story of how we got here, and asks tough questions about what it will take to restore the balance we’ve disrupted.
Cambronne said he’s also asked tough questions about the rapidly changing gear, tactics, and values of today’s hunters — and about what role those hunters will continue to play in 21st Century America. And when it comes to deer, are hunters part of the solution, part of the problem, or both?
Rest assured, however, that Deerland isn’t just about hunting. It’s a much larger environmental and cultural story. And as entertaining as Deerland might be, it’s also an eye-opening read that will change forever the way we think about deer and the landscape we share with them.
“I was fascinated by how much deer fascinate people — often to the point of obsession,” Cambronne said. “It seemed like all that obsession could make for a fun story. On the other hand, most of us see deer and don’t even notice them. We take them for granted. But it turns out they play a much larger role in the environment and in American culture than most people realize. So that’s the story I wanted to tell.”
The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound and Powell books.
For more information, visit www.alcambronne.com.