Animals: Money for Ducks

If, for two successive Sundays, every family in the U. S. had a wild duck for dinner, the wild duck would be as extinct as the passenger pigeon. In 1886 the same number of U. S. citizens could not have extinguished the wild duck population if they had eaten duck for a fortnight. But ducks had already begun to decrease and it was in that year the Bureau of Biological Survey was created to study U. S. wild life. As the Bureau grew bigger, the U. S. game bird population grew smaller.


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