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The majority of the reference material for this article is drawn from Box 186 in the San Diego Natural History Museum’s research library’s archives. This box includes correspondence from Clinton G. Abbott, the Californian and Mexican governments, and Abbott’s contacts, numerous newspaper clippings from the time concerning the issue of “Sea Lion Slaughter,” as well as rough drafts of the resulting article.

As another postscript, the Ross Company was left reeling by Abbott and other conservancy efforts to stop their hunting. Already in receivership in 1937 after their whaling rights were revoked, Abbott’s campaign put a further dent into their profits. By 1944, they declared bankruptcy.

Abbott, Clinton G. 1939. “Sea Lion Slaughter.” Bird-Lore Vol. 41. (September, October), pp. 264-270.

Beltz, Ellen, “Biographical Appendix.” In Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America Explained. Accessed 2006.

Bonnell, Michael L. and Robert K. Selander. 1974. “Elephant Seals: Genetic Variation and Near Extinction.” Science, New Series, Vol. 184, No. 4139. (May), pp. 908-909.

Condor, The. 1934. “Notes and News.” Vol 36. (July), pp. 181-182.

Crawford, Charles F. 1938. “Food For Canines: Ross Vessels Kill Sea Mammals, Donkeys, Sheep for Dogs.” Long Beach Press-Telegram, Nov. 21.

Engstrand, Iris and Anne Bullard. 1999. Inspired By Nature: The San Diego Natural History Museum After 125 Years. San Diego: San Diego Natural History Museum.

Fiscus, Clifford H. and Gary A. Baines. 1966. “Food and Feeding Behavior of Steller and California Sea Lions.” Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 47, No. 2. (May), pp. 195-200.

Huey, Laurence M. 1930. “Past and Present Status of the Northern Elephant Seal with a Note on the Guadalupe Fur Seal.” Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 11, No. 2. (May), pp. 188-194.

King, Judith E. 1964. Seals of the World. London: Trustees of the British Museum.

MacMullen, Gerald F. 1926. “Four Guadalupe Island Seals Captured for San Diego Zoo.” The Evening Tribune, June 25, Afternoon Edition.

Odell, Daniel Keith. 1972. “Studies on the biology of the California sea lion and the northern elephant seal on San Nicolas Island, California.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.

Prentice V. Boteler et al., 141 F.2nd 175, (9th Cir., 1944).

Reeves, Randall R., Brent S. Stewart, and Stephen Leatherwood. 1992. The Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.

San Diego Journal. 1946. “Hot Argument Waxes Over California Coast’s Sea Lions.” April 4.

San Diego Natural History Museum Archives. Box 161, “Museum Administration: Correspondence, 1935.”

San Diego Natural History Museum Archives. Box 186, “‘Sea Lion Slaughter’ Article and Correspondence. Written By Dr. C.G. Abbott.”

San Diego Natural History Museum Archives. Box 193, “Museum Administration: Abbott Memorial, 1946.”

San Diego Natural History Museum Archives. Box 319, “Abbott, Clinton G., Correspondence And.”

San Diego Natural History Museum Bulletin, February 1, 1938.

San Diego Natural History Museum Bulletin, April 1, 1938.

San Diego Natural History Museum Bulletin, June 1, 1938.

San Diego Sun. 1926. “Save Eagles, Museum Urges.” Nov. 17, Afternoon edition.

San Diego Sun. 1926. “War Is Opened Against Lions.” Dec. 6, Afternoon edition.

San Diego Sun. 1937. “Is That You, Alfonso? Well, Dewey’s Gone to the Dogs With Your Yacht.” Dec. 16, Morning Edition.

San Diego Sun. 1937. “‘Killer’ Ship Obtains Seal Meat For Pets.” Dec. 17.

San Diego Sun. 1943. “Fine Arts Gallery and Two Park Museums To Be Closed.” March 8.

San Diego Union. 1928. “Protectors of Feathered Friends In Convention here, Make Pleas to Save Birds from Ruthless Killing.” May 6.

Scheffer, Victor B. 1958. Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses. Stanford, Ca: Stanford University Press.

Von Bloeker, Jack C.. 1993. “Historical Perspectives: Who Were Harry R. Painton, A. Brazier Howell, and Frances F. Roberts.” The Condor Vol. 95, pp. 1061-1063.

Zavala-González, Alfredo and Erik Mellink. 2000. “Historical Exploitation of the California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus in México.” Marine Fisheries Review Vol. 62, N. 1, pp. 35-40.

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