“Because of the threats facing wildlife through habitat loss and the changing climate, a new approach to wildlife conservation is needed—one that is built on innovation and good science that creates a just balance between meeting the current needs of people and that of wildlife.”
When human beings and wildlife clash, trapping and lethal management is promoted as the best and most expedient way to ease community concerns. Although such “band-aid” approaches allow public officials to tell communities that something immediate is being done, the effectiveness of lethal programs is short lived.
In acting hastily, a community can create even more problems with economic repercussions. For an example, read the true story of the Topognas Grasslands Protective Association to see how the systematic killing of coyotes, the natural predator of rodents, multiplied the number of pests destroying grasslands and grazing areas, with devastating economic results for ranchers.
In addition, research shows that in animal communities that rely on older members for their store of social and ecological knowledge, such as elephants, the killing of a few key individuals can adversely effect entire populations, and exacerbate human-animal conflicts.