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Stewart, Charles D. (Charles David), 1868-1960 "The pigeon trap"

The Pigeon Trap: Author Charles D. Stewart (1868-1960) discusses the mechanism by which passenger pigeons are caught using the spring-pole net. The pigeon trapper’s net was purportedly used by Native Americans and pioneers, although little information was available on the design of the device. Interviewing Halvor L. Skavlem (1845-1939), a man in his eighties with “a failing mind” but who had nevertheless built the traps in his youth, provided Stewart with the necessary information. The article describes the device in detail and includes a series of pictures of its design. The author claims that the trap ultimately “did the work of exterminating the whole race of birds.” Stewart also mentions that he had hoped to see the last passenger pigeon at the Cincinnati zoo, but that it had died some while before he could arrive. (5 pages)

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Citation: Stewart, Charles D. (Charles David), 1868-1960 "The pigeon trap" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 24 /Issue: 1 (1940-1941)

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