Ernest Thompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist

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"[Seton] had a huge effect on the way people thought about the natural world in North America." -David Attenborough

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Overview

"[Seton] had a huge effect on the way people thought about the natural world in North America." -David Attenborough

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603917
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Witt is curator and director of the Seton Legacy Project for the Academy of the Love of Learning, an educational organization in Santa Fe. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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Seton was an expert wolf killer through his experience with the timber wolves of Canada. The New Mexico cowboys, skeptical of the very concept of a Canadian wolf trapper, at first had their suspicions confirmed by his inability to catch much besides dogs and coyotes. They took note, however, when he dressed in stinking clothes and blood-covered gloves. This method of wolf trapping (reducing the human smell associated with traps and baits) was unknown to them. As always, Seton would spare no effort to be as good as his word, no matter what it cost him. Whether moved by professional ambition in the city or by a need to explore, riding off alone into wild, dangerous country he had never seen before, he came at life with a fearlessness matched by few except the wolves he hunted.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David Attenborough........vi

Introduction........................................vii

New Mexico, Part One................................1

Canada and Beyond...................................39

The Foundations of Wildlife Conservation............71

Woodcraft and the World.............................95

New Mexico, Part Two................................129

Acknowledgments.....................................151

Appendixes..........................................153

Bibliography........................................169

Notes...............................................173

Index...............................................181

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