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A review of predator control


, : A review of predator control. Minnesota Conservationist 57: 10-11, 23-26

Essentially a compiled account, the sources of which are given in the bibliography of 12 titles. Most hunters advocating predator control "do not seem to appreciate what tremendously complex and powerful natural forces they are opposing in trying to bring about an unnatural, Utopian situation where game is continuously superabundant. * * * They do not stop to figure out that if they kill off all the hawks and owls that prey to some extent on game species, they are at the same time removing effective natural checks on ground squirrels, mice, rabbits and like forms that in turn destroy cover for game birds." The author cites a case of general predator control in California where no hunting was allowed and the quail population steadily decreased. Apparently this was due to increase in ground squirrels that devoured the quail eggs. Attention is given to the bounty system and Pennsylvania's adverse report is quoted. "Improvement in the environment of animals is much more effective in increasing game populations than are extreme measures of predatory animal control.".

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