Charles Alexander Sheldon

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Charles Alexander Sheldon (17 October 1867 – 21 September 1928) was an American conservationist and the "Father of Denali National Park".[1] He had a special interest in the bighorn sheep and spent time hunting with the Seri Indians[2] in Sonora, Mexico, who knew him as "Maricaana Caamla" (American hunter).[3] Another favorite haunt was the lakes and rivers which later became Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia where Sheldon built a cabin at Beaverskin Lake.[4]

In December 1905, Sheldon was elected member of the Boone and Crockett Club, a wildlife conservation organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887;[5] the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada is named in Sheldon's honor.


  1. ^ The National Parks: America's Best Idea, by Ken Burns. 2009 Sept. 29. PBS TV
  2. ^ The Wilderness of Desert Bighorns & Seri Indians, 1979, The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, Phoenix
  3. ^ Mary B. Moser & Stephen A. Marlett, 2010, Comcaac quih Yaza quih Hant Ihiip hac: Diccionario Seri-Español-Inglés, Hermosillo & Mexico City, Universidad de Sonora & Plaza y Valdés Editores, p. 442
  4. ^ Jim Cyr, "Exploring Family Foundations At Kejimkujik"
  5. ^ "Boone and Crockett Club Archives".

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