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Deer Wars: Science, Tradition, and the Battle over Managing Whitetails in Pennsylvania

Deer Wars: Science, Tradition, and the Battle over Managing Whitetails in Pennsylvania

by Bob FryeBob Frye


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The story of deer management in Pennsylvania is as complex as it is controversial. From the disappearance of deer in Pennsylvania forests at the beginning of the twentieth century to the population explosion that occurred in the latter half of the century, the balance between herd size and a healthy forest has long been a difficult one. In Deer Wars, Bob Frye examines this controversy and the effect that herd management has had on all of the citizens of Pennsylvania; farmers managing deer invasions and property rights, hunters dealing with changing herd densities and ever-complex restrictions, state agencies juggling the rights of hunters with the needs of commercial interests, all with stakes in the success and health of the deer herd. Now with deer harvests decreasing, Chronic Wasting Disease becoming a potential threat, and forests showing serious signs of trouble, the need for compromise from all of the players is essential, but is it possible? This well-researched and engrossing book explores that question.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271028859
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2006
Series: Keystone Books
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Bob Frye is an award winning outdoors journalist and the Outdoors Editor of the Tribune-Review.

Table of Contents




1. How Much Is Enough?

2. The Nature of Overabundance

3. When You Can’t See the Forest for the Deer

4. Too Many Mouths in the Grocery Aisle

5. At Home in the ’Burbs

6. Bambi Versus the Buick

7. Heroes or Goats?

8. Questions and Answers

9. Getting to the Point of Managing Deer Correctly

10. In the Eye of the Storm

11. A Wild Card in the Deer Management Deck

12. A Look to the Future


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