Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

September 1968


My portion of the program is the basic statement on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act regulations. Basically, laws are designed to control the actions of human beings. J. Edgar Hoover recently stated, "Man cannot live in our complex society today without a system of laws. The social system is doomed unless the laws are enforced, and the enforcement officer is ineffective unless his efforts to maintain the peace and protect life and property are supported by the government and the people." Therefore, it behooves each one of us to be aware of those laws that affect us in our everyday strivings. The Division of Management and Enforcement, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, is charged with the enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act proclaimed December 8, 1916 for the protection of migratory birds. My remarks will be limited to those provisions contained in said act which directly affect those of us involved in bird control problems.