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Presettlement Wildlife and Habitat of Montana:
An Overview

Annotation Of Expeditions And Individuals Recording Natural History Notes

Charles A. Messiter, 1871-1872, 1882:

Messiter was an English sport hunter who made at least three trips into Montana. On his first trip, he hunted bison between the Milk and Missouri Rivers and on his second trip he hunted grizzly bears around the Snowy Mountains, killing 63 during the summer of 1872. Messiter also traveled down the Shields and Yellowstone Rivers. He was an observant hunter and recorded a great deal of information that gives some insight as to the wildlife situation in central Montana during the early 1870s. Messiter returned to central Montana in 1882 for a brief visit and concluded that cowboys and cattle made a poor substitute for Indians and bison.

Messiter, C.A.  1890.  Sport and adventure among the North American 
     Indians.  R.H. Porter, London.  368 pp.

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