Issue of the Week: Are Policies Backed By Science?

Uninformed decisions lead to unintended consequences…truer words were never spoken when it comes to this issue. Read this article and then go back and watch to following:

First For Wildlife


Is science being used to make important decisions in wildlife management?  Well…yes and no.

Scientific information is part of the process in making decisions, but emotions run high when more prominent creatures are involved and judgments become clouded. Science tends to be foremost when dealing with say… fish, but animals that stir childhood attachments such as lions turn simple conservation matters into heated political issues. Looking back at a few examples, we find inconsistencies. In one instance sound science is the defining factor behind difficult decisions and in the next, political interests sometimes takes the wheel, sending science to the back seat.

First up, the black rhino.  According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the black rhinoceros is an endangered species. Black rhinos have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1980 and are offered the maximum protection under the Act. However, in 2013 an American…

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