Item AAAB5767 - Robert Leighton interview

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Robert Leighton interview

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AAAB5767

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  • 1984-03-22 [date recorded] (Creation)

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CALL NUMBER: T4129:0001 RECORDED: Pitt Meadows (B.C.), 1984-03-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Robert Leighton discusses his family background. Early duties with B.C. Provincial Police included maintaining order at points of labour unrest and controlling transients. Location of various; postings. Review of game law enforcement under Provincial Police (1919-1929). Leighton's duties as "spare" warden. Control methods on opening days. Pheasant stocking. Importance of hunting for recrea;tion and food supply. Need for predator control. B.C. trap line system a model. Comments about Frank Butler and Jim Cunningham. TRACK 2: Description of Maple Ridge District in the 1950s. Deer hunting ;areas. Port Moody pigeon hunt. Ruin of fishing on Coquitlam River. Many resident complaints about animals. Contribution of fish and game clubs and their role. Comparisons of system before and after th;e reorganization of 1956. Comments about earlier system when game warden ran his district.;

CALL NUMBER: T4129:0002 RECORDED: Pitt Meadows (B.C.), 1984-03-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Robert Leighton recalls wardens Benny Rauch, Leo Jobin, and Reg King. Advent of scientific research methods: some studies not based upon B.C. type environments. Disastrous policies re: Prince;ton area deer and reaction of warden Alan Gill. Polarization of department. Popularity of "Wildlife Review". Environmental groups well-meaning but have little direct contact with wildlife. Reflections; upon career. [TRACK 2: blank.];

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Allen W. Specht, 1984-03 to 1984-06

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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-294.

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  • Copyright Status: Copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Accession number(s): T4129

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speaker: Robert Kirkwood Leighton, interviewer: Allen William Specht

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