Despite the popular assumption that wildlife conservation is arecent phenomenon, it emerged over a century and a half ago in an eramore closely associated with wildlife depletion than preservation.However, as Darcy Ingram shows in this groundbreakingMoreDespite the popular assumption that wildlife conservation is arecent phenomenon, it emerged over a century and a half ago in an eramore closely associated with wildlife depletion than preservation.However, as Darcy Ingram shows in this groundbreaking book, some ofthese early strategies were not as forward-focused as they appear.Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec shows how theBritish elite of that province based its wildlife strategies ontraditional systems of European land tenure and estate management.
Itwas the longstanding belief in progress, improvement, and social orderthat underpinned the development of some of the wildlife conservationstrategies we are familiar with today. Spanning the 1840s up until theoutbreak of the First World War, this book traces the emergence of alease-based regulatory system that blended elite forms of sport andconservation. Applied first to British North Americas prizedsalmon rivers, this system came to encompass the bulk of Quebecshunting and fishing territories. Inspired by a longstanding belief inprogress, improvement, and social order based on European as well asNorth American models, this system effectively privatizedQuebecs fish and game resources, often to the detriment ofcommercial and subsistence hunters and fishers.
A valuable resource forenvironmental historians, this book will also appeal to scholars andstudents of Canadian, American, and British history and environmentalstudies.Darcy Ingram is an environmental historian at theUniversity of Ottawa.