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Wildlife Management

When the National Park Service was created under the Organic Act in 1916, it defined  preservation of native animal life as one purpose.  "....which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and...."  To implement this purpose, NPS developed a wildlife protection philosophy which was the most obvious needs for the wildlife conservation.  According to this philosophy wildlife in the NPS was protected and managed mercifully until 1930's.  And there was little major change for the wildlife management in the first 40 years.  The concept of wildlife management has changed since then.  Now, maintenance of suitable habitat is regarded the key to sustaining animal populations and protection.  NPS has broadened its concept of wildlife conservation to provide for purposeful management of plant and animal communities as an essential step in preserving wildlife resources.  

 

 December 17, 1999e-mail: tyoshida@ucdavis.edu |