Facts About Wildlife Management
Principles Guiding Wildlife Management And Conservation
North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation rests on two basic principles – fish and wildlife are for the non-commercial use of citizens, and should be managed such that they are available at optimum population levels forever.
Because most wildlife species are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings, they can give us clues about changes that might affect us, too. Have some animals disappeared because of pollution? Is there enough food or the right kind of food to eat?
What makes a good wildlife manager? Managers must understand the needs of wildlife. He or she also needs to understand the factors at work that make for good, healthy wildlife populations.
Now that we know what a wildlife manager is supposed to do, how do they get it done? Like people in any job, wildlife managers have tools.
Habitat is the key to wildlife survival. Without habitat, no wildlife can survive. The main purpose of the HABITAT MANAGEMENT tool is to prevent existing habitat, that is in good condition, from being destroyed or lost. Habitat in poor condition can be improved or new habitat can be created through proper management programs. Artificial or supplemental feeding of wildlife is a poor and often dangerous practice compared to proper habitat and population management.
Due to the huge successes of furbearer management in this century, and in spite of declining habitat, furbearers are abundant. No endangered species are threatened by trapping.
Foothold traps are not a threat to humans. Commonly used types and sizes spring harmlessly beneath human feet. Attended pets can be released easily, without harm, by simply compressing the trap springs.
Trapping and Furbearer Management
The trapping of furbearers - animals that have traditionally been harvested for their fur - has been an enduring element of human culture ever since our prehistoric hunter-gatherer ancestors devised the first deadfalls, pit traps, snares and capture nets.
Regulated Trapping In Montana
For centuries, people have trapped furbearers across Montana. Presently, Montana sportsmen and sportswomen take part in this fur trapping heritage to legitimately harvest a renewable resource on public and private land.
What? Trapping Benefits Me?
Most of the water used in America is managed in a system of reservoirs for storage. The cleanest and safest water depends upon integrating reservoir management and water treatment.
Best Management Practices - BMP's
Trapping BMPs have advanced and modernized traps and trapping technology in the U.S. as a result of many years of scientific research supported by trap testing procedures approved by more than 100 member countries of the International Organization for Standards.