[Theodore P.] Lukens
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commending my forestry article he is in favor of hunting being permitted in the Reserves & parks at certain seasons for food
Martinez, Apr. 18, 1897.
Advocates however game refuge where game can be safe
My dear Lukens,
I'm glad the bank is off your back so now you can go free in the woods.
Your forest article is a good one, so good you must write some more, & get others stirred up to do likewise, also write & get others to write to the Senators & Sec of the Interior & make their lives wretched until they do what is right by the woods. Only thus by making public opinion can they be made to mind.
I think with you that some changes should be made in the regulations & rules governing the park & reservations, allowing hunting at certain seasons for food. We are all natural hunters like cats with killing instincts derived from hunting ancestors, & I suppose only in heaven is there no bloodshed. Still I can't help feeling that there should be a good big wild place set apart in each park or reservation as a safe refuge for the wild birds & beasts in which no gun should ever be fired. sort of wild beast paradises. When the time for action on this question comes up I shall be glad to help you. I have just sent off a long article on the forests for Harpers Weekly. Remember me to Mrs Lukens & the Jones with love to Lottie
1897 Apr 18
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Theodore P.] Lukens, 1897 Apr 18." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2233.
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