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Article written by Robert E. Munkel and Cal R. Fremling regarding the bounty hunting system used in Houston County, MN, to rid the area of locally defined varmint species. Fremling and Munkel are credited as, respectively: "Winona State College" and "Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin." Abstract: "The bounty system has been in effect for 82 years in Houston County, Minnesota. Over $170,000 in bounties have been paid during that time for wolves, foxes, rattlesnakes, pocket gophers, striped gophers, woodchucks, and crows. Over 7,000 rattlesnakes have been bountied in a single year. A family of semi-professional bounty hunters collected 2,511 rattlesnakes in one year. With the possible exception of wolves, the bounty system has had little apparent effect in controlling animal populations in Houston County. Habitat change has been primarily responsible for the decrease in numbers of wolves and for the rapid increase in numbers of red fox and deer." Article reprinted from The Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, volume 34, number 2, 1967. Part of the Cal R. Fremling Collection.
Animals; Houston County; Houston County (Minn.)
Fremling, Cal R., "A review of the bounty system as a method of controlling undesirable animal populations in Houston County, Minnesota (1883-1965)" (1967). Cal Fremling Papers. 19.
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