Stories From the Frontline
These stories illustrate the day-to-day reality of the status quo in wildlife management that prioritizes hunting, fishing, and trapping over other ways of valuing wildlife.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish just released over 40,000 hybrid striped bass into Caballo Lake in southern New Mexico. This story illustrates the absurdity of introducing a fish that is a hybrid of two nonnative, piscivorous (fish-eating) species into the state’s waters. There is no conservation value in introducing this fish, only the intention to increase fishing license sales.
Recently in Montana, a woman posted on social media that she “smoked a wolf pup” while out hunting bear. The problem is that she didn’t – she killed a domestic husky who’d been dumped in the area earlier that week. The commentary and news stories that followed the event highlight people’s “speciesism,” or preference for one species over another. After all, wolves and dogs may share the same wolf ancestors. The story provoked an outpouring of moral outrage and renewed questions over why Montana’s wolves can be hunted at all.
Stories from the Frontline: Debate over orphaned bear cubs illustrates differences between expectations of the public and state policies
By Angela Carella
When two 4-month old bear cubs became orphaned after an off-duty police officer killed their mother in Newtown, it raised the question of “What should be the relationship between humans and wildlife?”
By Darcy Spears
A family rescued a fox who had been caught in a steel trap near Las Vegas. Two months later, the family was fined $700 and threatened with arrest.