Integrating Values And Ethics In Wildlife Policy And Management
This paper discusses the role of wolf as wildlife and as intruder/predator, discussing various considerations that should be made when engaging with and managing this ecologically important species. Previous cases of wildlife management and ensuing outcomes should be studied so that prior mistakes may be avoided when dealing with this species and its related ecosystems.
“Few animals provoke as wide a range of emotions as wolves. Some see wolves as icons of a lost wilderness; others see them as intruders. As the battle continues between wolf proponents and opponents, finding solutions that resolve conflicts while supporting the integrity of nature is challenging. In this essay we argue that we need to make room for wolves and other native carnivores who are re-colonizing areas from which they were extirpated. Strategies that foster coexistence are necessary and wildlife agencies must consider all stakeholders and invest adequate resources to inform the public about how to mitigate conflicts between people/domestic animals, and predators. Values and ethics must be woven into wildlife policy and management and we must be willing to ask difficult ethical questions and learn from past mistakes.”