Date of Award


Document Type




First Reader

Dr. Tim Knight

Second Reader

Professor Glenn Good

Third Reader

Dr. Mike Reynolds


Arkansas was purchased from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Parts of it were explored by the Dunbar and Hunter expedition in 1804-05. ln 1819, it was detached from the Missouri Territory and made a separate territory. By 1821, the capital moved to Little Rock, and on June 15, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state of the United States of America. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was established on March 11, 1915, and the first "real" law pertaining to game hunting was passed. The commission started to establish game refuges in 1929, and by 1960, it operated 22 refuges that covered approximately 725,520 acres.

This thesis discusses how various species of birds (Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse, and the Osprey) and mammals (ocelot, Florida Panther, Red Wolf, Black Bear, Elk, American Buffalo or Bison) have become extinct through over-hunting and habitat destruction.



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