Semantics ["harvest" or "control actions"]


Why use terms like "harvest" and "control actions" when you are talking about killing?


The basis of active wildlife management is to monitor various populations for reproductive and mortality rates in order to determine how many animals can be taken (harvested) while still maintaining a healthy overall population.  Control actions are sometimes needed when wildlife populations grow to large for habitats, when one species causes another species to decline, or in cases where wildlife come into conflict with humans such as causing damage to crops or creating public safety concerns.  Not all control actions are lethal.  For instance, it is usually possible to capture, remove and relocate a big game animal such as a moose from an urban area.  However, removing and relocating mountain lion from the same area can be more problematic because a lion will likely return.