August 9, 2022

Conservation requires a multifaceted approach

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*Editor’s Note* – At the end of the linked-to opinion piece, the author says:

“Today, the greatest threats to Vermont’s wildlife populations are habitat loss, climate change, forest fragmentation, invasive species, and the growing lack of connection to the outdoors experienced by our children.”

I disagree. The biggest threat to all wildlife populations are those pressing for paradigm shifts and the way we discuss game and wildlife management. The goal here is destroy a proven wildlife management program in order to allow the forests to remain untouched by humans, brainwashing people to think that if man would just leave the forests and the wildlife alone, it would manage itself and settle into some kind of Nirvanic balanced ecosystem. Unless that effort is stopped, habitat loss, fragmentation, invasive species are meaningless. As well, there will surely be no connection to the outdoors at it will be forbidden and any visits or education of such will be virtual accomplished only through technology.

Conservation is about more than leaving wildlife alone in the woods. We do not live in a pristine environment but rather one that has been shaped by human activity for hundreds of years. Regulated, legal hunting and trapping are among the most effective tools we have for managing those wildlife populations at risk of becoming overpopulated, unhealthy, or otherwise running into conflict with our human manipulated landscapes. By necessity, conservation must include the wise and thoughtful use of our wildlife resources and, perhaps most significantly, it is through this mindful consumption that many people find a deep and abiding respect for and understanding of wildlife which leaves them with an enduring desire to conserve these resources for future generations.

Source: Guest column: Conservation requires a multifaceted approach – Bennington Banner