Richard Taber


Wendy Hall



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Richard Taber recalls how his admiration of Aldo Leopold inspired him to become a wildlife biologist. Taber discusses growing up in the San Francisco area as a young boy, and he talks about pursuing his undergrad at Berkeley before serving in the military during World War Two. He describes getting his master’s degree in Wisconsin after the war and then going back to Berkeley for his PhD. He talks about the Endangered Species act and how that created jobs and awareness in his field. Taber recalls the beginning of the Wildlife Department at the University of Montana and the different professors who taught there. Taber notes that the passage of the Wilderness Act and the Endangered Species Act increased awareness about wildlife biology and created jobs in the field. Taber describes his involvement in game management policies at Yellowstone National Park.


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Document Type

Oral History


Environmental policy; Environmental politics; Endangered Species Act; Wildlife Research; University of Montana; Berkeley; Aldo Leopold; Fulbright; Pakistan; West Pakistan Agricultural University; Deer population; Boar population; Marmot population; World War, 1939-1945; Disease research, wildlife

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program Oral History Project, OH 276, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 276-007, 008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:32:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_276_007_008.mp3; OH_276_007_008.pdf