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Webinar – Hunting and Trapping Part 1: Wildlife Management and Ethics

October 21 @ 12:00 13:00 MDT

Hunting has been used as a management tool across North America for decades. Recently Alberta Environment and Parks announced a public consultation regarding Wildlife Management and the Vision for Recreational Hunting (consultation closes on October 3, 2021). Amongst wildlife managers, there has been some conversation about updating the model of wildlife conservation and how it pertains to hunting. Hunting has also always been an interesting topic of debate and discussion publicly. This Hot Topic Webinar series will dive into these topics in detail to generate discussion and share the latest research. Join us for Part 1 as we explore wildlife management and ethics in the context of hunting and trapping. Part 2: Human Dimensions will air in December.

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Title: A Global Model for Wildlife Conservation

Mark Boyce

Abstract:  In the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation Val Geist, Shane Mahoney and John Organ have identified 7 principles that were highly successful during the 20th century at achieving wildlife conservation and recovery for many species of wildlife in North America. However, today this model fails to retain relevance relying heavily on hunters who constitute less than 5% of the population in most jurisdictions. Also, the North American Model does not apply elsewhere in the world where cultures are different.  I identify 7 different principles that can serve to ensure wildlife conservation in the 21st century that are relevant in a global context. These include sustainability, habitat conservation, the preservation of biodiversity, ecological goods and services, incentives, corporate social responsibility, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Title: Why Am I Doing This: A Path to Hunting Ethics

Charles List

Abstract: A critical and philosophical exploration of why we hunt will lead to some insights about hunting ethics. Usual answers such as pleasure or tradition are set aside in favor of a more ethically compelling answer which requires the development of personal and environmental excellence. This will connect to the question of why our states and provinces should allow us to continue to hunt.

Incorporating Hunting Ethics and Principle-Based Strategies into Wildlife Management in Alberta

Matt Besko

Abstract: Wildlife management is traditionally recognized as a science-based process which incorporates social, ecological and economic interests into decision making. Alberta is fast-becoming a complex environment with an increasing human population and growing development into rural areas, coupled with increased pressures on natural habitats, wilderness areas and increased frequency with respect to human-wildlife conflict. Alberta is making changes with respect to how policies recognize patterns of human use in natural environments, one of which is the recognition of hunting and angling as methods by which we incorporate ethics and principle-based strategies to recognize and validate human use and the intrinsic value of nature. I identify several policy processes and case studies by which Alberta is incorporating these principles in to current management.

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Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.