A Murder of Crows
Recently while scanning my 50 year collection of slides, I discovered a series I had taken in the ‘60s in the Oklahoma countyside of over 400 dead crows hung on barbwire fences. This version of the series records a time when our culture saw crows as enemies.
About seventy-five years ago this country declared war against crows. Millions were killed. They died by gun shot. Bert Popowski, author of "The Varmint and Crow Hunter’s Bible," said he personally shot from 80,000 to 90,000 crows. Others died by poison and by trapping. They died from explosives. State fish and game agents bombed crow roosts routinely in the 1940s and 50s, killing thousands. In 1940 in Rockford, Illinois dynamite killed over 328,000 roosting crows. This horror is war.
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