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Use of Science in the Management of Wildlife

First Adopted July 27, 2011 - Updated February 2, 2014


Situational Overview

The United States and Canada pioneered wildlife conservation through the creation and institutionalization of a science-informed wildlife management profession.  However, wildlife management, as documented by the Wildlife Management Institute, is not merely about getting the science right; it has always had a political dimension owing to the public nature of the resource and management in the public trust by agencies of federal, provincial, state, tribal/first nations government agencies. 


The Boone and Crockett Club supports science-informed, management of wildlife.  Use of science in decision-making is one of the pillars of North American wildlife conservation and was instrumental in the restoration of wildlife across the continent.  However, ultimate decision-making should be under the authority of state, provincial, federal, and tribal/first nations wildlife agencies, and their processes dedicated to upholding the public trust, as appropriate to their jurisdictions.  Agencies should inform decisions on wildlife management policy and practice through critical thinking, applying social and biological sciences, experience, societal and cultural values as appropriate to choices being made.

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