AP403 Wildlife Policy

Course Description

In the last few decades, there has been a revolution in how Americans view and value wildlife. The population shift from rural to urban environments has been accompanied by a shift from a predominantly utilitarian public perspective on wildlife to one that mixes utilitarian, ecological, humane, aesthetic, and sometimes harshly negative views of wildlife. This course examines the historical and cultural roots of current U.S. wildlife policy, and look at how controversies over wildlife policy are driven by conflicts in values among stakeholders and by differences in mandates and cultures among government agencies. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the cultural, historical, and environmental roots of current issues in wildlife policy;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the statutory and historical basis of current state and federal agency policies and actions; and
  • Trace the relationships between stakeholder groups and the government agencies that implement wildlife policies, as well as the conflicts and confluences of culture, history, and values that underlie stakeholder-agency relationships.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Introduction to Wildlife Policy
  • Hunting and Trapping: The Roots of U.S. Wildlife Policy
  • "Bad" Animals: Predators, "Nuisance" Wildlife, and Non-native Species
  • Urban Wildlife Conflict: Causes
  • Urban Wildlife Conflict: Solutions
  • Protecting Imperiled Wildlife: Endangered Species Act
  • Protecting Marine Mammals: The Marine Mammal Protection Act and the International Whaling Commission
  • CITES, Wildlife Trade, and "Sustainable Use"

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)