NWTF Adopts Science-Based Wolf Management Position
EDGEFIELD, SC –-(Ammoland.com)- The National Wild Turkey Federation has officially adopted a position supporting the science-based management of wolf populations.
“Science has been the backbone of every conservation project we have ever conducted,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., the NWTF’s chief conservation officer.
“Managing wolf populations is no different.”
The NWTF has long supported the North American Conservation Model, including the management of fish and wildlife resources under the authority and responsibility of the various state agencies.
This support holds true for wolf management, as the Federation believes that state agencies are best suited to manage wildlife inside their borders that are not on the endangered species list.
NWTF Position Statement on the Management of Wolves
“The National Wild Turkey Federation supports the sound, science-based management of wolves by the appropriate state agencies. The NWTF recommends that management authority for wolves remain with state agencies when wolves are no longer on the endangered species list. The NWTF further supports our state wildlife partners in their efforts to provide for a sustainable, huntable population of wolves while maintaining healthy, huntable populations of ungulates. This must work in conjunction with balancing the habitat needs and conservation of all wildlife.”
About the NWTF:
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The Federation works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.