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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation

William T. Hornaday




"The gray squirrel is naturally the children's closest wild-animal friend. Surely every farmer boy would like to have colonies of gray squirrels around him, to keep him company, and furnish him with entertainment. A wood-lot without squirrels and chipmunks is indeed a lifeless place. For $20 anyone can restock any bit of woods with the most companionable and most beautiful tree-dweller that nature has given us.

The question now is, which will you choose—a gray squirrel colony to every farm, or lifeless desolation?" - Our Vanishing Wildlife, Horniday, 1913

I mean, that is basically the choice: Squirrels or lifeless desolation.