Unregulated market hunting nearly destroyed our wildlife resources. I have read where the great migrating flocks of Canada geese that wintered around the Chesapeake Bay were virtually destroyed by the time meaningful regulation began protecting the tiny remnant populations that remained.
Both federal and state laws were established to protect both waterfowl and habitat. The federal migratory bird hunting stamp act was signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1934. The money generated through the sale of "duck stamps", basically a federal permit required of all hunters targeting migratory waterfowl, was to be used for the single purpose of purchasing wetlands to create what is now known as the National Wildlife Refuge System.
A visit to a refuge clearly illustrates how well this program is working.
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