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
August 6, 2015
Illinois Policymakers Urged to Protect Bobcats From Fur Traders and Trophy Hunters After California Bans Bobcat Trapping
Less than a month after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law legislation legalizing a bobcat hunt in the state for the first time in over 40 years, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to prohibit bobcat trapping statewide.
August 5, 2015
Regulations to prohibit bobcat trapping across the state will be enacted, according to a vote by the California Fish and Game Commission.
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.