Collected Reprints Volume 2

Collected Reprints Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...and owls, and probably also the larger carnivores, had betaken themselves to new hunting grounds, but when the fields were irrigated in the spring gulls reappeared in large numbers and, following the water from field to field, destroyed the remaining mice and pocket gophers flooded out of their holes. If the natural foes of rodents were everywhere protected and allowed to populate the country in normal numbers, they would exercise a constant check on the rodent pests, which then would rarely, if ever, multiply so as to become a scourge. In many localities field mice infest orchards, and, as they work underground, they often, especially in winter, do great damage before they are suspected. A case in point occurred at Massies Mill, Va., where depredations by field mice in an orchard were reported, and an assistant was sent to investigate. Of a total of over 2,500 trees, probably more than half were damaged by mice, which girdled the roots below the ground. The cure in such cases is usually easy, as field mice can be readily poisoned with strychnine. WOLF AND COYOTE BOUNTIES. The bounty system designed to bring about the extermination of certain noxious animals, especially wolves and coyotes, has in many places proved an incentive to fraud, and thousands of dollars have been paid for the scalps of dogs, foxes, coons, badgers, and even cats and calves, which have been palmed off for wolves or coyotes. To aid state and county officers in identifying the scalps of wolves and coyotes, especially the young, a key has been prepared describing the essential distinguishing characters. This has been distributed freely in the bounty-paying States, and is expected to effect a substantial saving. FENCING SHEEP FROM WOLVES AND COYOTES. For several more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856600
  • 9781236856609