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Trapper “Jim”

Nature volume 68, page 245 (16 July 1903) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH, as indicated by its title, this admirable little volume is devoted rather to sport and trapping than to natural history, yet it contains scattered through its pages such excellent descriptions of the wild life of the United States that the naturalist can not fail to find much valuable information with regard to the habits of many of the mammals and birds mentioned. Specially interesting are the notes on the various species of American hares, and it will come as a revelation to many that the so-called “ jack-rabbit ”(Lepus cdllotis) is probably the fleetest member of all its tribe. Many references are made to the need for the cultivation of a true sporting instinct among hunters, that is to say, to the enjoyment of the sport itself, as distinct from making a “big bag.” The name of Mr. Sandys is too well known as a writer on the sport and popular natural history of North America to stand in need of any commendation on our part, but we may safely say that his popularity will certainly be enhanced by his latest effort.

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