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August 17, 2012

Professor leads effort against federal lethal predator control

VALDOSTA — The American Society of Mammalogists’ (ASM) conservation committee, led by Valdosta State University biology professor Dr. Bradley Bergstrom, continues an effort that has spanned over nine decades against excessive lethal predator control. A recent session with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services sparked intense discussions about some of the federal agency’s practices, which the society views as unscientific and partial to certain  groups.

 The session was held last month during the ASM annual meeting at Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino in Reno, Nev. The session is the result of a position letter prepared in May by the society protesting Wildlife Services’ lethal control activities.

 Bergstrom added that there is no proof that indicates predator removal from local areas is an effective way to manage predators.

 The society also questioned the finances of the agency, suggesting that some of its practices are motivated by requests from private supporters.

 The ASM feels that any federal government agency that manages wildlife should be accountable to the lawmakers and taxpayers and do what is in the best interest of the majority, using the best current science to guide their management.

 Representatives from Wildlife Services were given opportunities to defend the agency’s activities during the session and declined to share information on its financial breakdown, asserting that some information was protected under the Freedom of Information  and Protection of Privacy Act.

 The ASM is preparing to continue discussions during the Wildlife Services Advisory Committee meeting later this year. The advisory committee opens the floor for public participation and input on the Wildlife Services program, including public health, safety,  research activities and wildlife depredation.

 Founded in 1919, the ASM encourages the study of mammals and advocates for the conservation of wild mammals. Its 2012 “President’s Special Award” was given to Bergstrom at this year’s meeting, for his and the conservation committee’s work for the Society on  this and other conservation issues over the past year.

 Bergstrom specializes in mammalian ecology and teaches ecology, mammalogy and ornithology. For more information on the ASM conservation committee, contact Bergstrom at

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