- 1913-1987 (Creation)
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Douglas Humphreys Pimlott was born in Quyon, Quebec in 1920. After military service in the war, he graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. During the 1950's he obtained a Master of Science in wildlife management (1954) and a Ph.D. in zoology and wildlife management (1959) from the University of Wisconsin. While earning these degrees, he was employed in wildlife research and management with the Newfoundland Government from 1950-1957. He was in charge of wolf research for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests from 1958 to 1962 when he joined the Department of Zoology of the University of Toronto. During his career, Prof. Pimlott became best known for his writings on wolves, parks and wilderness and later, on environmental problems in the Arctic.
He was a past president of the Canadian Nature Federation, a founding member and former chairman of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and past president of the Canadian Society of Zoology. In 1971 he was invited to become a member of the Survival Service Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as a leader of a Specialist World Wolf group. In the summer of 1973 he toured Europe lecturing, consulting with government officials and examining wolf habitats. Other associations he was actively involved in were the Canadian Audubon Society, Algonquin Wildlands League and the Wilderness Society.