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Big Game Animals of Yellowstone Park, same ref., p. 405; Skinner, Predatory and Fur-Bearing Animals of Yellowstone Park, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 163. Also see Adams' Minority Report on Refuge for Predatory Mammals in recent number of Journal of Mammalogy. Also copy of resolutions by Boone & Crockett Club, and by American Museum of Natural History regarding protection of carnivores, both inspired by Adams and carried out through Skinner.

A number of articles could be cited by Dr. Joseph Grinnell, or the men associated with him, attacking the policy of the Biological Survey in controlling predatory animals, none of them based on reliable facts and some of them very misleading.

Recently I was shocked to hear Dr. John C. Merriam say that he agreed with Dr. Joseph Grinnell in his statement that National Parks should be inviolate sanctuaries for all animals. It worries me when such intellectual men advocate policies so absolutely fatal and destructive to our best interests and highest good but how can we help it unless we can get the facts before the public.

The Biological Survey has never advocated the extermination of any animal much less accomplished it. Some species must be vigorously controlled or they will do great harm and we can get along with very few mountain lions and big wolves. Coyotes and bobcats will be with us for a long time in too great abundance for our needs, but they must be controlled or we will lose not only must valuable stock but the best of our game animals. The incidental or accidental killing of some badgers and skunks and valuable fur animals has brought criticism but has not been very serious and can be mostly avoided with proper care.

In no place is the control of animal life especially mammals and birds more important that in our National Parks. No species should be allowed to increase beyond a reasonable abundance for our use now and in the future, or beyond its ample food supply, and every native species should be maintained up to the abundance desired and to the best advantage of itself and others. In other words every species should be regulated as to numbers and distribution according to our knowledge of the habits and requirements of each and all. This is not difficult. It is being done to a great extent now and rapidly progressing to greater perfection, but such propaganda as Adams is putting out is hampering the Park Service. Ask Albright.

The same principles apply to National Foresta and should apply to the Public Domain. 

The Biological Survey has always stood for intelligent control and regulation of animal life, based on as full knowledge of habits and requirements as possible. If more of this fundamental knowledge could be made public the opposing propaganda would be largely overcome. Our posi-