Bethesda, MD: The Wildlife Society (TWS) has released a new technical review titled Management of Large Mammalian Carnivores in North America. Written by a committee of experts in carnivore biology and management, the report examines conflicts between large carnivores and human interests, the role of these species in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and management strategies to increase, maintain, or reduce populations of brown bears, black bears, coyotes, wolves, and mountain lions.
“Managing large mammalian carnivores requires finding a balance between maintaining viable carnivore populations, safeguarding human welfare and property, and satisfying the needs of stakeholders in a cost-effective manner,” says Michael Hutchins, TWS Executive Director/CEO. “This is a complex issue for which there is no single, uniform approach that can be applied across regions and species. The Wildlife Society believes that this detailed review of existing data and practices, including recommendations to assist decision making for managers, will support future management and conservation of large predators in a world dominated by human influences.”
Several carnivore populations have rebounded from low numbers of the early twentieth century, resulting in increased public interest in their management. “From a professional viewpoint, the most positive influence of this interest is the development of a more comprehensive information base on larger predators. Increased information is a major factor enabling managers to advance management and conservation of predators in the face of controversy,” the report states. “A scientific approach to management involving an adaptive component is a pragmatic and defensible policy. When controversy results in judicial involvement, scientifically defensible information is critical in that decision-making process.”
The entire technical review can be downloaded free of charge by TWS members and registered non-members from the Technical Reviews page, located under the Publications tab of TWS’ website. Hard copies are also available for purchase from TWS’ bookstore.
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