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Published in Human-Wildlife Conflicts Volume 1, Number 2, Pages 147-148, Fall 2007. Published and copyright by Jack H. Berryman Institute. http://www.berrymaninstitute.org/journal/index.html


Wildlife damage management, by its nature, is conducive to a variety of conflicts within society, whether it is the method of management or the management itself. Conflicts within society are common, and people with diverse opinions and values may disagree about how wildlife or natural resources should be managed. Opinions can vary among different interest groups (e.g., backpackers, wildlife viewers, and hunters) that have invested time and money in the resource. Eradication efforts of big game to preserve threatened or endangered plants or wildlife have been a source of controversy among various local hunter groups, especially on island ecosystems, such as those found in Hawaii and New Zealand.