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In October of the same year, an expedition led by Professor D. P. Filatov confirmed the worst fears of the zapovednik's director and scientific staff: at some point in the dispute-plagued recent past, the Caucasus race of bison had become extinct in the wild, just as had its sister race to the northwest. 11 Professor Pavel Evgen'evich Vasil'kovskii and other distinguished conservationists were so disenchanted with the delays, the bureaucratic infighting, and the unreliability associated with governmental efforts that they counseled activists to look inward, to themselves.
Industrial man, he pronounced, was a "geological parvenu" who was "disrupting the harmony of nature's picture, . . " 17 He thus placed human industry in opposition to human culture, which had been nourished by nature until industrial man blighted the land. Although Semenov-tian-shanskii felt that man's "fall" was made possible by his "predator nature," it came only when this predator nature was given free license to exterminate other life forms "thanks to the appearance of big capital" in the world arena.
Fedorovskii. His report demanded that Narkompros immediately reinstate conservation as a full, and not a sub-, department. Also, it supported the findings of an earlier study by Pod"iapol'skii calling for the creation of a supra-administrative organ for conservation attached directly either to SNK RSFSR or to the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK), the nominal Soviet parliament. 9 Conservation was restored to life as a full department under Glavnauka directly, but this triumph threatened to be short-lived.