Concerns About Mammal Predator Killing Programs: Scientific Evidence and Due Diligence

Posted on May 2, 2018


by Gilbert PROULX
CWBM 7 (1): 56–66


The implementation of mammal predator killing programs is highly controversial and deserves discussion within the scientific community. In this opinion paper, I use specific examples to discuss the whys and hows of programs aimed at: 1) ensuring human safety and health; 2) addressing concerns of interest groups; and 3) safeguarding native and endangered species. Successful programs share some commonalities: they focus on the main factor that is responsible for the problematic situation and on culprit animals, and they are developed with an understanding of the ecology and behaviour of the predators. Public support for such programs requires that killing methods be species-specific, humane, and effective. I propose a stepwise strategy to properly assess the causes of human ̶ predator conflicts and determine if a killing program should be implemented.

Key Words: Control, Human̶Predator Conflict, Endangered Species, Hunting, Killing, Livestock, Predator, Stepwise Strategy.



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