The California Fish and Game Commission’s recently adopted policy regarding native predators is an important step toward developing scientifically based management decisions that also acknowledge that wildlife should be treated humanely.
The Humane Society of the United States was a part of a 10-member Predator Policy Workgroup appointed by the Commission.
Crystal Moreland, the group’s California state director, issued the following statement:
“We’re pleased with the new policy and encouraged by the success of the Predator Policy Workgroup. When conservation-based voices are given a seat at the table, the result is progressive policies that take into account the best available science and the welfare of wildlife. This policy benefits the entire ecosystem of California and beyond.”
The policy, which “acknowledges that native terrestrial predators are an integral part of California’s natural wildlife and possess intrinsic, biological, historical, and cultural value, which benefit society and ecosystems,” also specifies that “[t]he Commission shall promote the ecological, scientific, aesthetic, recreational, and educational value of native terrestrial predators in the context of ecosystem-based management, while minimizing adverse impacts on wildlife and reducing conflicts that result in adverse impacts to humans…”