Discovered this interesting historic document today. I had read before that it was common to hunt raptors of all kinds in the past because they were considered “pests”. But…
this makes it a whole lot more quantifiable and horrible.
The irony, of course, is that this was a bird sanctuary doing this. These “pests” were shot…to preserve the tasty game birds. So people could shoot them. Sigh.
I was looking for some online resources that discussed the common practice of hunting raptors in the 1880s- 1900s, but didn’t find much.
Is your GoogleFu stronger than mine? Can you make some suggestions/contribute linkies?