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Beneficial Habitat Management Practices
  • Brush pile creation
  • Controlled burning
  • Diking
  • Ditching
  • Food plots and planting
  • Mechanical brush or grass control
  • Nuisance plant or animal control
  • Timber cutting
  • Water holdings

If predators kill the wildlife we enjoy hunting, why don't we just kill all predators?

Predators are animals that kill other animals to survive. A coyote is a good example of a predator. Although they do kill animals (prey), predators don't affect stable wildlife populations! And when the prey species increases, so do the predators.

Stable wildlife populations always have a surplus number of animals. These surplus animals will die from starvation, disease, predators, etc. If we try to eliminate predators, more animals will die from other causes, including hunting, disease, and accidents.

Many years ago, people tried to improve game populations by controlling predators. Every agency that tried killing predators discovered that the best way to manage wildlife was by adding to or improving wildlife habitat. Predator control is simply not effective as a way to increase wildlife numbers permanently.