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Ames Forester

Abstract

In assessing the wildlife situation, particularly in the eastern United States, my mind inevitably goes back to conditions that existed between 1910 and l915 when I first became interested in wildlife matters. At that time, there was no professional wildlife management, and the administration of the wildlife resources was almost entirely in the hands of politicians who used wildlife funds and positions for politica1 patronage purposes. Few states employed career men, and the U. S. Biological Survey was a small research agency with an appropriation of a few thousand dollars a year.

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