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Wildlife Managers  

Wildlife managers keep track of where animals are and how many there are by periodically observing and counting them.  The animals' habitat is also assessed to see how much there is and how it is changing over time.  Goals are established for the amount of habitat and numbers of animals we would like to have in a particular area.

Managers determine how many animals can be harvested by hunters and trappers, and they set seasons and bag limits so these users do not exceed the sustainable harvest targets.  They provide opportunities for the many people who enjoy viewing wildlife.  Advice is provided to land managers to ensure impacts on wildlife and their habitats are minimized or mitigated when land use changes are occurring on provincial government lands.  Wildlife managers participate in and often take a lead role in land use planning initiatives on provincial lands to ensure a place for wildlife for the future.  They also offer advice to private landowners to help them manage their lands to support wildlife.

Wildlife managers develop and put in place strategies to reduce the negative impacts of wildlife on people an their property (for example, threats to personal safety by bears or crop damage by waterfowl and deer).  They also develop strategies to protect or enhance the habitat and populations of animal species that are rare, threatened or endangered.

Reprinted from Focus On Wildlife Management  (1999) with permission of Alberta Environment.

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