A Short History of the American Bison. Distribution, Habits, Trails, Extermination, etc., For Use in Schools
New York: American Bison Society, 1934.
Softcover. Very good. Revised and enlarged edition (first published in 1927). 10" x 7", 66 pp, illustrated, in original stapled wrappers. Minor cover soiling, else fine. "Cowboy, conservationist, and curator Martin S. Garretson was widely considered one of the foremost experts on the natural history of the buffalo as well as one of the preeminent advocates for the preservation of the North American bison for several decades during the early twentieth century. His personal mission [was] to save the buffalo from imminent extinction and to inform the American public of the important role the buffalo played in North American history..." (Recalling the Buffalo, 2012). This detailed pamphlet includes a wide range of information on bison in the United States, including population distribution, appearance, feeding, habits and disposition, migration, hunting, commercial value of hides, value of the buffalo to the Indiana, remaining herds, the establishment of a new herd in Yellowstone National Park, the establishement of the American Bison Society, and other conservation efforts. It predates Garretson's classic monograph The American Bison, The Story of its Extermination as a Wild Species and its Restoration Under Federal Protection, which appeared in 1938.