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Evolution and symbolism of deer
  1. Peter Green

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John Fletcher
208 pages, paperback, £9.99.
Reaktion Books. 2013.
ISBN 978 1 78023 088 7

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‘WE cannot risk these mysterious, fleetingly glimpsed, symbolically charged animals being degraded to the status of vermin or sentimentalised in a brainless anthropomorphic way,’ writes John Fletcher in the introduction to this excellent paperback book on deer.

At just over 200 pages, the book provides a comprehensive summary of current deer science alongside a detailed synopsis of the rich history of deer in societies around the world and a challenge for the increasingly urbanised countries of the West to realise that increasing wild deer populations cannot be ignored. This is not a veterinary textbook, but there is nothing simplistic or dumbed down …

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