Edd Nentwig and Diann Wiesner
Lester Barton talks about his life and career which includes over 50 years of trapping experience. He tells about working as the game warden for the Montana Department of Fish and Game for 17 years during the mid-20th century and his ten years as a guard at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. He discusses the use of 1080 poison for animal control in the 1950s, and the negative effects it had on the wildlife that came in contact with it. He also talks about the dangers of handling dead animals that can harbor tapeworms and infectious diseases such as tularemia.
Montana Department of Fish and Game; Trapping, Montana; Game wardens; Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods; Infectious diseases; Parasite infestations
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)
Barton, Lester, "Lester Barton Interview, December 30, 1980" (1980). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 2.