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Wildlife and man in Texas : environmental change and conservation

Author: Robin W Doughty
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1983, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author uses letters, journals, and travel accounts to show the early attitudes toward the uses of indigenous birds and mammals of Texas. Surviving on nature's bounty and remorselessly exterminating her threats--wolves, cougars, and other wily critters--settlers exploited Texas' pristine fecundity. Some species benefited from disturbed environments; others were unable to adjust to human presence and disappeared.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin W Doughty
ISBN: 0890964165 9780890964163
OCLC Number: 49863368
Description: xv, 246 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Living off the land --
Beautiful, strange, and menacing animals --
Wildlife for recreation --
Declines in game and fish --
Mediterranean metaphor : old world plants and animals in Texas --
Wild animal conservation : protection and management --
Twentieth-century losses and gains --
Lone Star biogeography : trends and prospects.
Responsibility: by Robin W. Doughty.

Abstract:

The author uses letters, journals, and travel accounts to show the early attitudes toward the uses of indigenous birds and mammals of Texas. Surviving on nature's bounty and remorselessly exterminating her threats--wolves, cougars, and other wily critters--settlers exploited Texas' pristine fecundity. Some species benefited from disturbed environments; others were unable to adjust to human presence and disappeared. By the 1880s concern about the diminishing numbers of many preferred species led to enactment of game laws and other efforts to protect and manage wildlife. Today, the author argues, habitat change is the most pressing issue confronting conservationists.
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