The Science That Shows Government Wildlife Management Is Unscientific (520)

Defender Radio Podcast The Science That Shows Government Wildlife Management Is Unscientific (520)

We’ve all heard the phrase 'wildlife management should be science-based.' It’s spoken loudly by advocates who are opposed to all hunting and trapping, those who think hunting and trapping is all that stands between humanity and bedlam, and everyone in between.

But is wildlife management in North America actually science-based? That’s the question posed by a team of scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Their study, Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management, published by Science Advances earlier this month, asked this question: and came up with some disturbing results.

Defender Radio connected with Dr. Kyle Artelle, one of the study authors, to get a deeper understanding of what the team found.

A five-minute edit of this interview is also available by clicking here.

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