Lethal wildlife management occurs when entire populations of wild animals are targeted for reduction and systematically “controlled” by legal hunting, culling, poisoning, or other means to bring down population size. Despite claims that they are “science-based,” such practices are highly controversial.
Conflicts with wildlife can range from concerns about deer affecting forest biodiversity to sea lions eating salmon that people want for themselves.
Lethal control raises some of the most challenging ethical questions we can ask about our relationship with the natural world.
Is it "right" to round up and kill geese because they defecate on lawns? Should we kill mountain lions because they eat deer people want to hunt? Is it right to poison ground squirrels because they dig burrows in our parks?
There was a time when such questions would not even have been asked. But today it's time to not only ask the right questions, but find the right solutions.
News & Events
July 1, 2015
The Town of New Castle has passed a humane coyote management policy for solving conflicts among people, pets and coyotes.
June 30, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf, Rejecting Reasonable Compromise on Contentious Issue
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a petition that would reclassify most gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as “threatened” throughout the contiguous United States.
June 29, 2015
Legislation aimed at dismantling New York’s ban on a particularly cruel type of trap, known as a “relaxed” snare, has died in the state Assembly’s Environmental Committee.
June 12, 2015
Actress Olivia Munn is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that would open a bobcat hunting and trapping season in Illinois. Munn provided the following statement: