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
November 3, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives tonight passed by voice vote H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act.
October 23, 2015
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has just announced it will not move forward for this year with its proposed plan to kill up to 50 percent of all mountain lions along the Arkansas River Valley.
October 21, 2015
Loved by some and hated by others, squirrels are a microcosm of our contradictory relationships with animals. A little understanding goes a long way in appreciating nature's ultimate gardeners.
October 20, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee overturned an undemocratic decision by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission that raised cougar-hunting quotas by up to 100 percent in areas of the state also inhabited by wolves.