Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec, 1840-1914

Darcy Ingram

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 2 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Despite the popular assumption that wildlife conservation is a recent phenomenon, it emerged over a century and a half ago in an era more closely associated with wildlife depletion than preservation. In Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec, Darcy Ingram explores the combination of NGOs, fish and game clubs, and state-administered leases that formed the basis of a unique system of wildlife conservation in North America. Inspired by a long-standing belief in progress, improvement, and social order based on European as well as North American models, this system effectively privatized Quebec's fish and game resources, often to the detriment of commercial and subsistence hunters and fishers.
Darcy Ingram is an environmental historian at the University of Ottawa.

"Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec offers a new and important account of fish and game protection in that province and adds significantly to our understanding of the development and implementation of conservationist ideas in Canada .. Ingram's substantial contribution challenges readers to ponder anew the ways in which people have framed their interactions with the natural world and to reflect upon whether, or how far, developments in other jurisdictions parallel those charted here."
-Graeme Wynn, from the Foreword

"Ingram revealingly explores the distinctive class relations that governed attitudes towards wildlife in Quebec in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This well-researched study provides new insights into the social and environmental history of the region."
-Colin M. Coates, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Cultural Landscapes, Glendon College, York University

Foreword: What You See Depends upon Where (and How) You Look / Graeme Wynn


Part 1. Beginnings, 1840-80
1. The New Regulatory Environment

2. Salmon, Sport, and the Lower St. Lawrence

3. Conflict

Part 2. Expansion, Consolidation, and Continuity, 1880-1914
4. From Public Space to Private Power

5. The Evolution of Patrician Culture

6. Opposition, Resistance, and the New Century