Principles of Wildlife Management
Wildlife management is the science of managing wildlife and its habitat, including people.
Conservation is wise use.
Habitat is the key to wildlife survival.
Carrying capacity is the number of animals the habitat can support throughout the year without damage to the animals or the habitat.
If wildlife numbers exceed the carrying capacity, the excess animals will die.
Setting back plant succession to intermediate stages improves the habitat for most wildlife.
The birth and death rates of most species of wildlife are high.
Understanding and obeying wildlife laws are important ways to help wildlife survive.
Predator control is only one of the many tools available to wildlife managers. Like any tool, it is effective and appropriate only in certain situations.
The goal of a refuge is to protect or maintain wildlife and wildlife habitat, and promote healthy populations.
Stocking is most productive for restoring wildlife in areas where restored habitat has not been naturally repopulated.
Most introduced exotics (non-native species) find their new habitats unsuitable and disappear soon after release. However, some exotics thrive and can cause conflicts with native wildlife.