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One can be a student of Tom Peters, management visionary and futurist, or Gary San Julian, a leader in the academics of wildlife damage management (WDM), but that is not necessary to be impressed and excited by the rapid trends and unpredictable events that are altering how we think about and attempt to manage the nation's precious wildlife resources. Because of the boundless propensity of mankind to develop, inhabit, and alter the landscape, wildlife managers of today and the future require different strategies, tools, and skills than those who did such a fine job of conservation and management in past decades. Research is and will be the source of these new, alternative strategies and tools. As a very wise past Director of the historic Denver Wildlife Research Center professed, "Solutions to problems depend on knowledge which only research can provide."