A study of the history and functioning of the bounty system in Iowa demonstrates the legal weaknesses, costliness, and general ineffectiveness of this method of controlling undesired wildlife. The bounty laws have developed by trial and error. Early laws were simplified and primarily intended for the protection of livestock from the larger predators, notably wolves. After 1900, the program was expanded to include nuisance species and, more recently, in intended behalf of game protection. Bounty rates were changed many times in response to changes in attitudes toward troublesome wildlife and the cost of maintaining the program. Because of bounty frauds, wastefulness, and the technical ineffectiveness of this type of program in wildlife management, it is advocated that more modern methods be used, such as extension teaching programs in localities where troubles with wildlife are serious.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1961 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Waller, David W. and Errington, Paul L.
"The Bounty System in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 68(1), 301-313.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol68/iss1/47