Bounty on the Destruction of Wolves 1848

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Journal of the House of Assembly
Bounty on the Destruction of Wolves 1848
The following is an extract of a detailed financial statement on the returns from the Bounty on destruction of wolves in Newfoundland, as published in the 1848-9 edition of the bound Journal of the House of Assembly (JHA) proceedings for the year ending in 1849. The list details the date of payment, the name of license holder and the amount paid in British pounds () to each hunter for wolf pelts sold for the previous year. A bounty on the culling of Newfoundland wolves was legislated by the NL Legislate Assembly in 1839 to aid in the extirpation of this rare subspecies perceived then as a potential threat to NL settler safety, livelihood and subsistence. Note that the title of this act was later changed from Bounty on the Destruction of Wolves to Wolf Killing Act (around 1859). For further information on the now extinct Newfoundland Wolf (Canis lupus beothucus) the reader is directed to the PANL website article titled "The Newfoundland Wolf" ( Source: JHA (Journal of the House of Assembly) 1848-9. PANL J 125 K3. 1st Session of the 4th H. A. Submitted by an anonymous researcher.


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June 5 - " To George Castle for destroying a wolf in the district of Fogo war'nt 107 5 0 0
Sept. 2 - " John Johnson
136 5 0 0

- " John Strickland
5 0 0-10 0 0
Nov 12 - " Joseph Paul for destroying two Wolves on the River Exploits
145 10 0 0

25 0 0

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