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This Land Is Your LandThe Story of Field Biology in America$
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Michael J. Lannoo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226358475

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226358505.001.0001

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The Wildlife Biologists

The Wildlife Biologists

(p.132) The Wildlife Biologists
This Land Is Your Land

Michael J. Lannoo

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter I outline the development of the field of wildlife biology. By the late nineteenth century, a portion of the wildlife that Americans valued—they ate Passenger Pigeons, wore the feathers of wading birds, and justified killing economically important bison through the narrowest definition of national interest—was disappearing. Could the extinctions of economically important species be justified in terms of short-term profits or political gain? Many Americans thought not—that it made more sense to preserve these animals, as well as the hundreds of fish, bird, and mammal species important either commercially or for sport. Out of this sentiment arose the wildlife biologists and their unique contributions, described here.

Keywords:   Edward W. Nelson, Jay Norwood (“Ding”) Darling, Waldo L. McAtee, Ira Gabrielson, Herbert L. Stoddard, Olaus Johan Murie, Adolph Murie, Paul Errington, Aldo Leopold, Hans Albert Hochbaum

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