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“The Seals Are About Gone…”
The crusading conservationist thought he had saved the fur seal from extinction. Then from the Pribilofs, home of the last great herd, came an alarming telegram:
June 1963 | Volume 14, Issue 4
Four years later the old man died. It could almost be said that he left a unique bequest to the world: the fur-seal species, Callorhinus alascanus .
Since Elliott’s day, under a scientific management that uses many of the procedures first suggested by him. in 1872, the rehabilitated herd has grown from an all-time low of 130,000 animals in 1910 to more than a million and a half in 1962. Casual visitors are not permitted on the Pribilof Islands, but persons having business there may see the present herd distributed over the rookeries and hauling grounds of those fogshrouded islands much as they were when Elliott began his long crusade to save their ancestors.