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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. 

Killing Is Not the Answer

When communities have problems with coyotes, deer, Canada geese, beavers, or other urban wildlife, there's no need to resort to killing the animals. Our guide for community leaders explains how to implement nonlethal and long-lasting solutions.

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