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Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Part travelog, part conservation treatise, this is a terrific read and an effective call to arms.
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North America is under attack by invasive creatures! Black spiny-tailed iguanas, armadillos, European green crabs, lionfish, and other alien species are devouring our native plants and animals, pushing many to the brink of extinction.
One man is doing something about the problem -- Jackson Landers is hunting and eating aliens. Armed with his rifle and hunting knife, he sets out to turn invasive pests into delicious meals. This is his tale of stalking 14 destructive animal species and spreading the word that eating invasives spices up our dinner plates and helps the environment.
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The term invasivore succinctly describes Landers' vocation and the book itself: hunting and fishing non-native species. Then eating them.
Eating Aliens chronicles Landers' pursuit across the country to hunt or fish black spiny-tailed iguanas, green iguanas, pigs, armadillos, lionfish, European green crabs, Asian carp, nutria, Canadian geese, tilapia, plecos, armored catfish, snakeheads, and Chinese mystery snails -- using modern firearms and tackle, as well as simple pellet rifles and knives.
Equal parts travelogue and essay, he describes each pursuit in detail, leaving you with many memorable anecdotes -- and wanting similar stories of your own.
He goes to great length to describe the effect each invasive species is having on the environment it encroached upon, alongside useful advice for pursuing (and eating) them yourself.
You see him struggle and succeed, as well as completely fail (he never actually catches one of the species mentioned above -- you'll have to read his book to find out which -- and the shocking reason why.)
Yet throughout, it's clear that his biggest roadblock came from needlessly strict (sometimes outdated) state hunting and fishing laws or local ordinances, often combined with ignorant government workers enforcing them or a naive community of citizens.Read more ›
There were some indulgent moments - we probably heard a little too much about Jackson Landers's journey, and it seems this was at the expense of hearing about hunting more species. I suspect a publisher told him to personalise it. Not necessary.
Still this wasn't enough to detract from a unique book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to LOL at the title, but this is a really good book! Perhaps something _can_ be done about our watery or furry "invaders": we can eat them!Published 11 months ago by TheWyzOldOwl
This was an original concept, and I enjoyed the stories of his attempts to bag various invasive species. The attempts on nutria were especially good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by William A. Nolan
Overall it was a pretty ok book. I enjoyed reading about his adventures but wish he would've gotten into the nitty gritty of how we can hunt these invasives ourselves. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Falconress
Offers some really interesting insight on different invasive species. I think it has motivated me to start hunting invasive species.Published 23 months ago by Jeffrey Johnson
I liked this book, it was very interesting and read quickly. I liked that that the lead up to the kills were descriptive but not boring. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Breuschi15
When I was a boy my father told me in a half joking statement that if we wanted to get rid of any living thing we did not want; teach people to eat it. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Edward H. schoeffler