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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
BUREAU OF BIOLOGICAL SURVEY,
Washington, D. C., February 20, 1912.
SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith and to recommend for
publication as a Farmers' Bulletin a report entitled "The English
Sparrow as a Pest," by Ned Dearborn, assistant in the Biological
Survey, which is designed to supersede No. 383 of the same series.
Introduced into America only about 60 years ago, the English spar-
row in this comparatively short period has overspread most of the
United States and has extended its range even into southern Canada.
The bird has many objectioriable habits and few redeeming qualities
and, as its general extermination is out of the question because of the
necessary expense, its numbers should be reduced so far as possible.
The chief aim of the present bulletin is to describe the best methods
of effecting this reduction of numbers. Trapping, wherever prac-
ticable, is recommended above all other methods, more particularly
as English sparrows form an excellent and nutritious article of diet.
IIENRY W. HENSHAW,
Chief, Biological Survey.
Hon. JAMES WILSON,
Secretary of Agriculture.
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Dearborn, Ned. The English Sparrow as a Pest, pamphlet, 1912; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc85713/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.