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Title: Our western empire, or, The new West beyond the Mississippi : the latest and most comprehensive work on the states and territories west of the Mississippi : containing the fullest and most complete description, from official and other authentic sources, of the geography, geology and natural history (with abundant incidents and adventures), the climates, soil, agriculture, the mineral and mining products, the crops, and herds and flocks, the social condition, educational and religious progress, and future prospects of the whole region lying between the Mississippi and Pacific Ocean : to which is added the various routines, and prices of passage and transportation for emigrants thither, the laws, regulations and provisions for obtaining lands from the national or state government of railroads, counsel as to locations and procuring lands, crops most profitable for culture, mining operations, and the lastest processes for the reduction of gold and silver, the exercise of trades or professions, and detailed descriptions of each state ad territory, with full information concerning Manitoba, British Columbia, and those regions in the Atlantic States adapted to settlement, by those who do not wish to go west, and statistics of crops, areas, rainfall, etc.
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Brockett, L. P. (Linus Pierpont), 1820-1893
Publisher: Philadelphia : Bradley, Garretson & Co. Columbus, O. : W. Garretson & Co.
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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millions annually for the flesh, and the robes or skins. It is es-timated that within the past ten years, not less than twenty mil-lions of these noble animals have been slain, and that hardlymore than 300,000 remain. The bison Is not found west of theRocky Mountains.* The moose, though plentiful In British * Colonel Richard J. Dodge, United States Army, a famous hunter, speaks of another species,or at least a well-marked variety of the buffalo, known to hunters as the mountain or woodbuffalo, or the bison. It has shorter hut stouter legs than the common buffalo, is very shy,and by no means plentiful even in its chosen haunts, and inhabits only the deepest, darkestdefiles and canons, or the craggy and almost precipitous sides of mountains, from which it willnot depart, while its congener prefers the plains. Except in one instance, no sportsman hasbagged more than one, but its existence is well vouched for, though, so far as we are aware, ithas never been described by any other writer.
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ROCKY MoiMAiN i.ixr, i.i K. kill nil R. 1 »■ K i;i-;ar, fox, moose, woi.k, rwiiiii;. <,i;i//.i\ BEAR, COYOTE, PRAIRIE DOG, WILD CAT. BUFFALO, WILD HORSE. ZOOLOGY OF OUR WESTERN EMPIRE. 57 Columbia and Alaska, is Only found in the region in the northernpart of Washington Territory, in Northern Idaho, and Montana. The Elk, the next largest of the game animals east of theRocky Mountains, has nearly the same range as the Buffalo,though it usually seeks the vicinity of the river valleys. It is lessabundant than the bison, but has only partially escaped the indis-criminate slauQ;hter to which those unfortunate animals have beensubjected. They are often found in large numbers (three or fourthousand it is said) in the great parks of Colorado, and in Mon-tana. There are three species of deer, the black-tailed, white-tailed,and mule deer; and at least one species of antelope, a graceful,beautiful creature. West of the Rocky Mountains, there is arepresentative of the Ibex family in the Big
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